Issues

Find out more about the issues affecting women in the UK today.

Economic Equality

Women’s economic equality, independence and security is vital if we are to secure equality with men in other areas. Rightly or wrongly, more money often does mean more power – over our lives and society at large. For this reason, campaigns to secure and protect women’s economic position e.g. the right to equal pay and the development of a welfare system...

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Economic Equality

Family Life and Work

Family Life and Work Patterns of work and caring are changing for women, who are entering the workplace in larger numbers than ever before. But the experience of too many women at work is one of low pay, unequal pay or discrimination. Women are the majority of the lowest paid and are still under-represented in senior positions. Motherhood, in particular, has a...

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Family Life and Work

Equality Justice

Some of the key issuesViolence against Women and Girls Women have a right to live free from violence and the fear of it, and to be treated fairly by our criminal justice system. But women in the UK still face persistent levels of violence. At least 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and between 1 in 8 and...

Read More
Equality Justice

Rights Of Women

Women’s rights, including the right to live free from discrimination, are basic human rights which governments have a duty to protect, respect and fulfil. Women’s human rights, including the right to equality, must be enshrined in law and respected in practice if women are to play a full and equal part in all aspects of society.There are a number of...

Read More
Rights Of Women

Representation Of Women

Across the UK, women are shockingly under-represented in the political structures and decision-making processes that shape our lives. The way democracy is organised in the UK presents barriers to women standing for election, including a lack of family-friendly working policies, maternity pay and and support for childcare.Politics is also still very much a man's game and women can find it...

Read More
Representation Of Women

Women In The Media

Equality between women and men will not be achieved by legal change alone. How our society, culture, communities and individuals view women and women’s equality will make a huge difference. In other words, people - including women themselves – have to believe in and support the idea that men and women are of equal value and worth. We need to...

Read More
Women In The Media

Maternity Rights

Fawcett has long been concerned that pregnant women and new mothers are especially vulnerable in their experience of women’s economic inequality. Women's Rights:All employees are entitled to up to 52 weeks of maternity leave, provided they give notice and have worked long enough (26 weeks) at their organisation. Women who decide to take leave have various statutory rights both during...

Read More
Maternity Rights

The Gender Pay Gap

Despite the Equal Pay Act 45 years ago, women still earn less than men in Britain today. The difference in pay between men and women remains the clearest and most dramatic example of inequality for women. What is the gender pay gap? Overall, women can expect to earn significantly less than men over their entire careers as a result of differences...

Read More

Challenging gender stereotypes in early years

Even before a child is born, we often know if it has male or female reproductive organs, and with this knowledge comes a whole set of assumptions about what it is to be a girl or a boy. Subconsciously or not, we expect different things from boys and girls in line with gender stereotypes, indeed society even decides a child's...

Read More

The Pensions Gap

As part of Fawcett’s work on closing the money gap for women, we are delighted to publish new research exploring women’s attitudes to pensions. Kindly supported by Scottish Widows, this research has examined why women save less in to their pensions than men who earn the same amount as them.Women save around 40% less into their pensions pots than men [1]. This gap represents...

Read More

Local Government Commission

This year we will be assessing whether local government is working well for women. With the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) we have launched a year-long Commission, jointly chaired by Labour’s Dame Margaret Hodge MP and Conservative councillor Cllr Gillian Keegan, Director of Women2Win. Funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Commission will adopt a strategic approach and focus on the...

Read More

Commission on Care

Fawcett have partnered with The Political Studies Association Research Commission, along with the University of Sheffield, University of Warwick and the Women's Budget Group to produce The Crisis of Care in Austerity Britain, reporting in September 2016 on the current crisis that is playing out in the delivery of care to older people. Fawcett Chair, Belinda Phipps, and Fawcett Chief Executive,...

Read More

Sexist Pricing

Sexist pricing hit the news earlier this year when campaigner Stevie Wise successfully persuaded Boots to change the prices of some of its products. Research by The Times had revealed that many of our high street shops were charging women more for comparable items - in fact, women were, on average, paying 37% more across a range of items, from...

Read More

Women’s representation in the House of Commons

The implications of the Boundary Review Although Parliament saw a large increase in the number of female MPs in the General Election last year, the 2018 Boundary Review is likely to halt or even reverse the progress that has been made. New research by the Fawcett Society suggests that there is a possibility that women will be disproportionately hit by the review,...

Read More

Sounds Familiar?

Young women today face a different set of challenges in advancing equality compared to previous generations. Younger women feel more empowered to stand up for their rights and more young women are university educated than in previous generations. But pervasive gender norms and stereotypes, and persistent harassment and lad culture, are holding young women back from a fair chance to...

Read More

Sex Discrimination Law Review

The Fawcett Society has launched an exciting new project to review our sex discrimination laws and we want to gather evidence from a wide range of individuals, organisations, legal experts, employers and trade unions.Written submissions can be sent to lawreview@fawcettsociety.org.uk. This may include articles or reports which are already in the public domain and that you want to bring to...

Read More

Gender Pay by Ethnicity in Britain

Britain is not just a country that experiences gender inequality but also racial and ethnic inequality. Discrimination and disadvantage on the basis of these identities, and others, cross over or ‘intersect’ with one another to create complex inequalities for women in different socio-economic-cultural situations. Considerable research has been conducted to analyse how these intersectional inequalities are expressed in terms of...

Read More

Economic Equality

Women’s economic equality, independence and security is vital if we are to secure equality with men in other areas. Rightly or wrongly, more money often does mean more power – over our lives and society at large. For this reason, campaigns to secure and protect women’s economic position e.g. the right to equal pay and the development of a welfare system...

Read More
Economic Equality

Family Life and Work

Family Life and Work Patterns of work and caring are changing for women, who are entering the workplace in larger numbers than ever before. But the experience of too many women at work is one of low pay, unequal pay or discrimination. Women are the majority of the lowest paid and are still under-represented in senior positions. Motherhood, in particular, has a...

Read More
Family Life and Work

Equality Justice

Some of the key issuesViolence against Women and Girls Women have a right to live free from violence and the fear of it, and to be treated fairly by our criminal justice system. But women in the UK still face persistent levels of violence. At least 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and between 1 in 8 and...

Read More
Equality Justice

Rights Of Women

Women’s rights, including the right to live free from discrimination, are basic human rights which governments have a duty to protect, respect and fulfil. Women’s human rights, including the right to equality, must be enshrined in law and respected in practice if women are to play a full and equal part in all aspects of society.There are a number of...

Read More
Rights Of Women

Representation Of Women

Across the UK, women are shockingly under-represented in the political structures and decision-making processes that shape our lives. The way democracy is organised in the UK presents barriers to women standing for election, including a lack of family-friendly working policies, maternity pay and and support for childcare.Politics is also still very much a man's game and women can find it...

Read More
Representation Of Women

Women In The Media

Equality between women and men will not be achieved by legal change alone. How our society, culture, communities and individuals view women and women’s equality will make a huge difference. In other words, people - including women themselves – have to believe in and support the idea that men and women are of equal value and worth. We need to...

Read More
Women In The Media

Maternity Rights

Fawcett has long been concerned that pregnant women and new mothers are especially vulnerable in their experience of women’s economic inequality. Women's Rights:All employees are entitled to up to 52 weeks of maternity leave, provided they give notice and have worked long enough (26 weeks) at their organisation. Women who decide to take leave have various statutory rights both during...

Read More
Maternity Rights

The Gender Pay Gap

Despite the Equal Pay Act 45 years ago, women still earn less than men in Britain today. The difference in pay between men and women remains the clearest and most dramatic example of inequality for women. What is the gender pay gap? Overall, women can expect to earn significantly less than men over their entire careers as a result of differences...

Read More

Challenging gender stereotypes in early years

Even before a child is born, we often know if it has male or female reproductive organs, and with this knowledge comes a whole set of assumptions about what it is to be a girl or a boy. Subconsciously or not, we expect different things from boys and girls in line with gender stereotypes, indeed society even decides a child's...

Read More

The Pensions Gap

As part of Fawcett’s work on closing the money gap for women, we are delighted to publish new research exploring women’s attitudes to pensions. Kindly supported by Scottish Widows, this research has examined why women save less in to their pensions than men who earn the same amount as them.Women save around 40% less into their pensions pots than men [1]. This gap represents...

Read More

Local Government Commission

This year we will be assessing whether local government is working well for women. With the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) we have launched a year-long Commission, jointly chaired by Labour’s Dame Margaret Hodge MP and Conservative councillor Cllr Gillian Keegan, Director of Women2Win. Funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Commission will adopt a strategic approach and focus on the...

Read More

Commission on Care

Fawcett have partnered with The Political Studies Association Research Commission, along with the University of Sheffield, University of Warwick and the Women's Budget Group to produce The Crisis of Care in Austerity Britain, reporting in September 2016 on the current crisis that is playing out in the delivery of care to older people. Fawcett Chair, Belinda Phipps, and Fawcett Chief Executive,...

Read More

Sexist Pricing

Sexist pricing hit the news earlier this year when campaigner Stevie Wise successfully persuaded Boots to change the prices of some of its products. Research by The Times had revealed that many of our high street shops were charging women more for comparable items - in fact, women were, on average, paying 37% more across a range of items, from...

Read More

Women’s representation in the House of Commons

The implications of the Boundary Review Although Parliament saw a large increase in the number of female MPs in the General Election last year, the 2018 Boundary Review is likely to halt or even reverse the progress that has been made. New research by the Fawcett Society suggests that there is a possibility that women will be disproportionately hit by the review,...

Read More

Sounds Familiar?

Young women today face a different set of challenges in advancing equality compared to previous generations. Younger women feel more empowered to stand up for their rights and more young women are university educated than in previous generations. But pervasive gender norms and stereotypes, and persistent harassment and lad culture, are holding young women back from a fair chance to...

Read More

Sex Discrimination Law Review

The Fawcett Society has launched an exciting new project to review our sex discrimination laws and we want to gather evidence from a wide range of individuals, organisations, legal experts, employers and trade unions.Written submissions can be sent to lawreview@fawcettsociety.org.uk. This may include articles or reports which are already in the public domain and that you want to bring to...

Read More

Gender Pay by Ethnicity in Britain

Britain is not just a country that experiences gender inequality but also racial and ethnic inequality. Discrimination and disadvantage on the basis of these identities, and others, cross over or ‘intersect’ with one another to create complex inequalities for women in different socio-economic-cultural situations. Considerable research has been conducted to analyse how these intersectional inequalities are expressed in terms of...

Read More