The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading charity promoting gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life. We want to see a society in which individuals can fulfil their potential, regardless of their gender.
- We base our analysis on fact, by commissioning independent research and collecting evidence to back up our arguments
- We give voice to the concerns, needs and interests of women at the highest levels and across political doctrines
- We campaign for practical solutions to the everyday challenges women face
- We confront the cultural and social norms that constrain women’s and men’s lives and empower them to challenge sexism in their everyday lives
- We work in partnership with other organisations to amplify our voices.
- We give local people the tools to bring about change in their own communities as well as engaging them in national protests and campaigns.
Every woman has a right to be treated with respect and dignity and be valued for who she is.
Since most of the rules in society were designed principally by and for men, women should have the power to redress this state of affairs.
Change that improves women’s lives today also improves the prospects of future generations, freeing everyone from the limitations of traditional gender roles and expectations.
We believe that as a society we will be stronger, healthier and happier when all people enjoy full equality and respect.
Working to create a society in which the choices you can make and the control you have over your life are no longer determined by your gender.
The need for Fawcett today
While there is much to be celebrated in women’s lives today, the UK’s record on women’s rights is still poor. Women and girls are exposed to inequality, discrimination and harassment, and face significant barriers to achieving their full potential.
Women in the UK also have little sway over major decisions affecting their lives. Women are a minority in politics, in boardrooms and in the editorial suites of our major media. This means that the UK is, quite literally ‘man made’. As a consequence, institutions, policies and practices reflect the interests and experiences of only half the population.
New forms of sexism are emerging with a resurgence in childhood stereotyping, pornographic imagery in the media and freedom of expression over the internet.
As we reach our 150th anniversary, Fawcett continues to have an unrivalled influence on those in power, campaigning across the political spectrum to ensure that women are empowered to shape their own lives at home, in work and in public life.
In the last year:
- We successfully campaigned for the government to require firms to publish their pay gap. This year we successfully lobbied for this to be extended to include bonuses and to make sure employers in the public sector have to publish their pay gap too.
- We published an in-depth report examining how low paid women are faring in the emerging economic recovery. We achieved massive media coverage for the report including separate exclusives on different bits of the report with the Evening Standard, the Independent, The Sunday Times and the Sunday Mirror
- We were named by the Guardian as one of the five key equality organisations to follow on Twitter and our feed noted as the ‘one to watch’ for comment on policy and political agendas in the run up to the general election.
- We convened and coordinated a panel of highly influential public figures, including the ex-Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Kier Starmer QC and cross-bench Peer Molly Meacher, to undertake an independent inquiry into the impact of changes to Job Seeker’s Allowance. Many of the recommendations made in the resulting report were echoed in the subsequent investigation by the Work and Pensions Committee.
- We have gained high levels of national broadcast media coverage including: ITV News at 10, ITV London News, BBC News Channel, ITV Good Morning Britain, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Channel 5 News and the BBC Daily Politics show as well as on Radio 4’s Today programme and Woman’s Hour
- We continued to work hard to highlight and address the gender pay gap. This included securing a front page article in the Evening Standard, publishing a new report on the gap to mark equal pay day, including original research on what impact lifting the minimum wage would have on the gap and securing a wide range of coverage on pay gap figures.