Equality and diversity highlights from last week: an example of how equality and diversity statements can be used to improve diversity in recruitment, new report published by BIS urges government to do more to progress gender equality in the workplace, and an interview on the history and significance of the Women’s Library.
We came across a simple but very interesting example of how equality and diversity statements can be effectively used to improve diversity in recruitment. The LSE Review of Books blog recently published a call for new contributors. Majority of the applications they received were from men, following which the blog updated the call to include the statement “As part of our commitment to a diverse representation of academic voices, we’re particularly interested in hearing from women and under represented minorities.” This time around there was a reversal of the gender balance of applications as compared to the first time! Amy Mollett, the blog’s managing editor, has written about how explicit statements encouraging minorities to apply can be highly effective.
The Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee has released a new report ‘Women in the Workplace’ urging ministers to do more to tackle gender inequality in the workplace. According to the report, progress on getting more women on boards is stalling. MPs called for the right to request flexible working to be available from the outset of a new job, and for large private-sector companies to undertake and publish equal pay audits.
Finally, last week, we published a podcast interview with David Doughan, who worked at the Women’s Library for 23 years. In the podcast, David talks about the history and continued significance of the Women’s Library and his experiences of the feminist movement of the late 20th century. The Women’s Library @ LSE will reopen to public on 1 August, 2013.
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