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    Field experiments are a compelling way to test for gender discrimination in the labour market

Field experiments are a compelling way to test for gender discrimination in the labour market

Can differences in men and women’s pay and employment opportunities be explained by discrimination or by differences in their preferences or productivity? Ghazala Azmat and Barbara Petrongolo explore what has been learned from economic experiments about the continued prevalence of gender gaps in the labour market. 

Women have made major inroads in labour markets throughout the past century. As a result, there has been […]

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    The nearly forgotten 40 year-old BBC mini-series, ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ reminds us why the struggle for gender equality still matters

The nearly forgotten 40 year-old BBC mini-series, ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ reminds us why the struggle for gender equality still matters

A new movie documenting the struggle for women’s emancipation is a rarity; the suffragette movement is hardly ever dramatized for television. Shoulder to Shoulder, a BBC mini-series which is celebrating its fortieth anniversary, is the last time a story about the historic political struggle aired on TV. But why is the series buried in the BBC archive? Janet McCabe and Vicky Ball write […]

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    The advent of same-sex marriages means that civil partnerships have fallen victim to their own success

The advent of same-sex marriages means that civil partnerships have fallen victim to their own success

Civil partnerships, first introduced in the UK in 2005, allowed same-sex couples legal and social recognition and have been a resounding success, with over 60,000 couples formed. So why would same-sex couples want access to marriage instead? For some, civil partnerships are inadequate because they represent a stigmatised status. At the same time, same-sex couples, who can choose between […]

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    Perceptions of social mobility in Britain are characterised by a strange paradox

Perceptions of social mobility in Britain are characterised by a strange paradox

How meritocratic do Britons think their country is? The question of perceptions has been relatively understudied but is nonetheless important. Declan Gaffney and Ben Baumberg find that while people overwhelmingly agree that children from richer families have more opportunities, they also believe that family wealth is a relatively minor factor in determining outcomes. Factors like hard work and ambition are […]

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    The cuts to legal aid are obstructing the right to a fair trial and preventing the administration of justice

The cuts to legal aid are obstructing the right to a fair trial and preventing the administration of justice

In an astounding blow to the government’s decision to drastically cut access to legally-aided counsel, a judge yesterday ordered a stay (rather than an adjournment) to a complex fraud case as the defendants could find no lawyers to take the case. This decision was rooted in the right to a fair trial and may have significant implications for future […]

Time for a public inquiry into Alan Turing’s death

At the time of Alan Turing’s death, Britain was gripped by a McCarthyite-style anti-homosexual witch-hunt. A thorough, comprehensive inquiry is needed in order to establish for certain what role, if any, the security services played in the run-up to his death, writes Peter Tatchell. 

The time has come for a long overdue public inquiry into the death of the scientist Alan […]

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    Discrimination against black and minority ethnic staff within the NHS is widespread, deep-rooted, systemic and largely unchanging

Discrimination against black and minority ethnic staff within the NHS is widespread, deep-rooted, systemic and largely unchanging

Research by Roger Kline finds that black and minority ethnic (BME) staff are grossly under-represented at senior levels of the NHS and their presence has declined despite the increasing number of BME nurses and doctors. Urgent discussion and action is needed to prevent further damage to staff well being and to patient care.

The NHS is England’s largest employer of Black […]

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    The concept of ethnicity has not much science about it and is no less imposed than other social categories

The concept of ethnicity has not much science about it and is no less imposed than other social categories

Most reviews of research about ethnicity claim it is a concept more scientific than race, and less imposed by those with power. Ludi Simpson reviews recent research about the reliability of ethnicity data drawn from the decennial UK census and reflects on their purpose. Although stable and reliable data is needed to help implement policies of equality and appropriate services, […]

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