Fairness and Equality

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    The Civil Service’s gender diversity agenda under the coalition

The Civil Service’s gender diversity agenda under the coalition

Daniel Fitzpatrick and Dave Richards examine the patterns of gender representation in the UK Civil Service under the coalition government. They explain why there was a regressive change in the most senior grades and highlight the role of ‘critical feminist actors’ in driving forward gender equality and diversity agendas in Whitehall.

The equal representation of women and men in positions […]

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    Gender and the ‘impact’ agenda: the costs of public engagement to female academics

Gender and the ‘impact’ agenda: the costs of public engagement to female academics

Engaging in public discussion is a crucial aspect of academia. At the same time, female academics often encounter sexist abuse as a result of such engagement. Heather Savigny draws on interview data to argue that while women may seek to actively build impact and public engagement in to their research agendas, the site of interaction between media and academia […]

The long history of social housing segregation in Britain

Patrick Mulrenan offers a brief history of physical segregation between social housing tenants and private owners, and argues that the idea of mixed communities as a solution is problematic.

A recent article in the Guardian revealed that segregation by social class is still a feature of housing in the UK. A newly developed site in Lambeth has a playground reserved […]

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    The women of Westminster and how they have transformed politics beyond recognition

The women of Westminster and how they have transformed politics beyond recognition

Despite their century-long struggles and achievements, the stories of women MPs have often been overlooked in political histories, writes Rachel Reeves MP. She draws on her new book to highlight the many battles fought by the women of Westminster since 1919.

‘Women have worked very hard. They have starved in prison, they have given their lives, or have given all […]

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    Double discrimination: the economic gap between disabled women and the rest of the population

Double discrimination: the economic gap between disabled women and the rest of the population

In the UK, gender policies tend to ignore the needs of disabled women, and disability policies tend to have a gender-blind approach, write Eun Jung Kim, Susan L. Parish, and Tina Skinner. They provide new evidence on the elevated marginalisation experienced by disabled women and call for policies with a more intersectional approach.

In 2018, approximately 14 million individuals, or […]

The Everyday Economy: why it matters and how to rebuild it

Whatever happens after the Brexit process, the UK needs a radical transformation of its economic settlement, write Rachel Reeves, John Tomaney, and Karel Williams. They explain why this transformation should revolve around everyday economics.

Global market forces and national policy have concentrated wealth and political power in the metropolitan cities and major university towns, amongst the asset rich elite and the professional […]

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    Democracy’s failure to deliver equality for women results from fundamental biases of design

Democracy’s failure to deliver equality for women results from fundamental biases of design

If women are to be politically equal, the entire institutional structure and culture requires root and branch reform, writes Joni Lovenduski. She explains why democracy has failed to deliver equality for women.

Most democratic governments claim to support equality for women, but none have so far achieved it. Even after decades of struggle and despite significant progress, at the beginning of […]

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    How putting A-level results in context can improve access to the UK’s best universities

How putting A-level results in context can improve access to the UK’s best universities

Carl Cullinane and Laura Bruce explain how and why universities should step up the use of contextual admissions in order to meaningfully achieve fair access to leading higher education institutions.

The problem of unequal access to university is one of the most high-profile issues in British education. It is also a stubborn one. Despite substantial media attention and investment in […]