Will this be the election when we finally commit to gender equality for women in the workplace?
We all believe in a more equal future. Women are the majority of voters, and steps to address inequality are popular with the electorate. Transforming our economy is not just essential to tackling many of the major challenges we face today, from low growth to labour shortages, but it’s also a vote winner. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic we were promised that this was a moment to build back better – but so far there is little sign that we’re anywhere close to achieving that, least of all for women. Women were hit hardest by the pandemic and lockdown and today are bearing the brunt of the cost-of-living crisis and low wages. Despite significant progress, women remain systematically disadvantaged in our economy – sharpest of all for women of colour, disabled women and lone parents. The next election will belong to candidates who put women’s economic equality at the heart of their policy platform.
Jemima is a social policy expert with 15 years’ experience working on issues around social justice and women’s rights. Her career has spanned national charities, local government and a think tank, working to tackle inequalities and improve life chances. She was previously Head of Policy and Insight at the Fawcett Society, leading projects such as Sex and Power, Strategies for Success and work on Gender Pay Gap reporting. At Agenda, Jemima led campaigns on supporting survivors of abuse and gendered responses to women’s mental health. She also looked at the connections between violence against women and girls and contact with the criminal justice system.
The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life.
The Stefan Cross Centre was launched in 2018 with a generous donation from Southampton Law School alumnus, Mr Stefan Cross KC. The purpose of the Centre is to raise awareness of discrimination against women and girls, investigate the causes of this discrimination and seek effective solutions.