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    ‘Poshness tests’ and the class ceiling: there is much more research to be done

‘Poshness tests’ and the class ceiling: there is much more research to be done

Yesterday, the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission released a report which finds that working-class applicants are at a disadvantage and recruiters use ‘poshness tests’. Here, Daniel Laurison and Sam Friedman discuss the report and their own research which fed into the study and call for further research which explores the ‘class ceiling’.
The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission yesterday released an important and […]

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    Child maintenance arrears: why government boasts of success ring hollow

Child maintenance arrears: why government boasts of success ring hollow

Behind the attention-grabbing headlines presented by the coalition government, the reality for single parents who are owed child maintenance is very different. In this article, Janet Allbeson examines what exactly is going on and argues for a stretching of the arrears collection target, dedicated arrears enforcement teams, and greater transparency and accountability to single parents to whom the maintenance is owed.

Minister Steve Webb was […]

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    The lack of gender balance in positions of power remains untackled

The lack of gender balance in positions of power remains untackled

Women continue to be under-represented in political positions of power, as well as in the upper echelons of the public sector more generally and in the media. Is this situation going to improve following the 2015 general election? Not likely, finds Nan Sloane. In this article she presents the findings of a report into gender equality in Britain and argues […]

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    It is the state’s duty to make sure that individuals have a choice where liberal and illiberal values clash

It is the state’s duty to make sure that individuals have a choice where liberal and illiberal values clash

Should liberal communities accommodate communities that praise ‘illiberal’ values? After all, a state-driven imposition of a single set of values in the name of liberalism is, if nothing else, a clearly contradictory interpretation of liberalism. Forcing people to be free is just as bad as forcing them to be unfree, argues Paula Zoido-Oses.

Last week notices appeared in Stamford Hill indicating – […]

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    Elitist Britain: We need a better understanding of the routes through which those from more advantaged backgrounds access top careers

Elitist Britain: We need a better understanding of the routes through which those from more advantaged backgrounds access top careers

A new report by the Social Mobility and Child Povery Commission finds that elitism is deeply embedded in Britain. Lindsey Macmillan looks at the report and discusses her own research which explores the role of networks in perpetuating elitism and how we can help in widening access to elite professions. Unfortunately, a common problem in this field is a lack of data quality and availability. 

Some people feel Britain […]

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    Rape and other acts of gendered violence should be included within hate crime legislation

Rape and other acts of gendered violence should be included within hate crime legislation

In many ways, the emotional experiences of survivors of rape are similar to those who experience hate crime victimisation. An important question to ask, therefore, is whether the inclusion of gender within hate crime law will help to ‘erode’ the patriarchal environment which supports the acceptance of gendered violence and the culture of blame attached to its victims. Mark Walters argues […]

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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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