Tackling Gender Equality in the UK

Gender equality in work necessitates gender equality in society, so this research adopts a holistic view, assessing how gender inequality impacts a woman through her life and identifying a comprehensive set of interventions to help UK stakeholders take action on gender inequality in the short and longer terms.

Moving toward gender equality is not only a moral and social issue; it is also important to future economic growth in the United Kingdom.

There is high disparity in relation to leadership and managerial positions, unpaid care work, entrepreneurship, breadwinning ratio, teenage pregnancy, and access to credit.

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in the United Kingdom, explores the economic potential of narrowing gender gaps at the national level as well as across UK regions; it also examines the opportunity to address gender disparities within various occupations and sectors of the economy.

Bridging the gender gap in the United Kingdom could increase GDP by billions of pounds over the next decade and add 840,000 female employees to the workforce.

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To capture the economic opportunity, government, private-sector organisations, and other groups should undertake a package of actions to remove direct barriers to women working; create better opportunities to enable them to work in the most productive sectors, occupations, and roles; and reshape the underlying social norms and attitudes that define the choices women make and the way society receives and supports those choices.

They are least represented in high-productivity sectors—including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)—and higher-salaried occupations, including skilled trades and managerial and leadership positions, which report the highest densities of skill shortages.

These actions are grouped into seven “impact zones”: women in leadership, women in STEM, childcare and unpaid care work, women in entrepreneurship, women in politics, violence against women, and social attitudes and mind-sets.

They are focused on understanding why inequality in outcomes persists, addressing inequality by prioritising proven remedial actions, and tracking and publishing progress.

 


sources: The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in the United Kingdom a report by Vivian Hunt and Richard Dobbs are senior partners in McKinsey’s London office, where Emma Gibbs is a partner, Smriti Arora is an associate partner, and Wan Hong, Claire Barnett, and Cameron Brookhouse are consultants. Jonathan Woetzel is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, where Anu Madgavkar is a partner, and Mekala Krishnan is a fellow; and Rishi Arora is a specialist in the Gurgaon office. Picture: Henry Aquino http://henryaquino.com/quotes-by-women-in-advertising-about-gender-inequality-read-by-their-male-peers/

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