23 APRIL 2018

The Sex and Power series was first published by the Equal Opportunities Commission fifteen years ago, then taken over by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for several years, and then for 5 years up to 2015 the ‘Counting Women in Coalition’ collected and collated data on women’s representation across different areas of public life.

In 2018, the centenary year of (some) women first getting the vote in parliamentary elections, and to coincide with the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square, the Fawcett Society has now brought together a new edition of that Sex and Power dataset.

One hundred years on from when the first women gained a say in how our country is run, it is an assessment of where we have made progress on representation – and where we have not.

In the report you will find:

  • A breakdown of percentages of women in power across politics, business and public life
  • Analysis of women's representation in politics, businesses, the arts and more
  • Our conclusions and recommendations, including a time-limited use of quotas across public bodies and the boards of large corporate organisations 

Download Sex and Power 2018 here