Fairness and Equality

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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 […]

Gender over Race? Equity and inclusion in higher education

While universities are focusing on addressing gender inequality, Kalwant Bhopal and Holly Henderson find that there is little imperative to also address race and racism in the academy. They summarise the findings of a new study on the experiences of higher education staff working towards the Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter.

Current scholarship on race in the […]

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    Gender pay gap reporting: the agenda for change needs to be broadened and deepened

Gender pay gap reporting: the agenda for change needs to be broadened and deepened

While the mandatory pay gap reporting regulations introduced in 2016 have led to some shocking revelations, their scope needs to be broadened as well as deepened, argues Susan Milner. She writes that the pace of change is slow, while labour market changes mean that more and more women remain trapped in low-paid, low-hours employment.

On 4 April, the second round […]

What did the coalition government do for women?

Much of the progress made towards gender equality under the coalition government was offset by the impact of austerity on women, writes Anna Sanders. While a number of gender equality policies were brought forward in 2010-5, these were largely symbolic, rather than redistributive in nature.

One month after the 2010 General Election, the newly formed Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition delivered its […]