The Commission on Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood, is co-chaired by Director of the UCL Institute of Education, Professor Becky Francis and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fatherhood, Rt Hon David Lammy MP.

The Commission will run until 2020. It will gather evidence and promote practical solutions to change childhood and change lives, and explore how gender stereotypes interact with other norms including race and class. Over the course of the year the Commission will host evidence sessions, and will be  seeking input from the public, including the views of parents and teachers on the gender stereotypes they see affecting children. Feed into our Consultation here.

Commission Co-Chairs

Rt Hon David Lammy MP

Member of Parliament for Tottenham and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fatherhood

"Unjust stereotypes are massively detrimental to our society. As well as holding back women and girls, they send damaging messages to boys about what it means to be a man – like whether it’s okay to show emotion, or to have an equal role in parenting. Unravelling gender stereotypes is a social justice issue – this is about creating a fairer society where no child is limited just because of their sex, race, disability, or any other characteristic."

Professor Becky Francis

Director of the UCL Institute of Education

“The messages we give to children, at home, at school and as a society, has a huge bearing on the choices they feel are open to them, the skills and interests they develop, and on their futures.  As my own research has shown, the marketing of toys has a significant role in reinforcing traditional gender stereotypes about what is ‘appropriate’ for girls and for boys, which will feed into children’s later choices about which subjects to study at school and which career paths to consider.  We need to open up those choices for our children rather than narrowing them down.”

Commission Members

Early Education



Beth Bramley

Gender Balance Lead

Institute of Physics

Dr Mary Bousted

Joint General Secretary

National Education Union (NEU)

Ben Black


My Family Care

Josh Hillman

Director of Education

Nuffield Foundation

Caroline  Popoola

CEO and Founder

Alpha Childcare

Susie Owen

Deputy Director

Department of Education (Observer status)

Sharon Hague

Senior Vice President  


Liz Bayram

Chief Executive

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY)

Anna Feuchtwang

Chief Executive

National Children's Bureau

Nick Corlett


London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)

Gill Jones

Deputy Director of Early Education 

Ofsted (Observer status)




Justine Roberts

CEO and Founder


Jessica Figueras

Chair of Trustees


Adrienne Burgess

Dr Jeremy Davies

Chief Executive

Head of Communications

Fatherhood Institute

Owen Thomas

Operations Manager

Future Men




Tessa Trabue

Mark Jennett


Education Consultant

Let Toys Be Toys

To be confirmed


Advertising Standards Agency/CAP (Observer status)

Anna Howorth

Director of Global Branding & UK Marketing

Usborne Books

Norms and Stereotypes



Laura Russell

Head of Policy


Professor Gina Rippon

Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Neuroimaging

Aston University

Dr Sue Black

Professor of Computer Science

Durham University

Nazmin  Akthar


Muslim Women's Network

Joanne McCartney AM

Deputy Mayor for Education

Greater London Authority

Orla Mackle

Head of Gender Norms Policy

Government Equalities Office (Observer status)

Sarah Ditum