It’s 100 years since women were given the right to vote. But, says Helen Barnard, we’ve still a long way to go in giving women the right to be treated as equals in a job market that does not value part time work. The gender pay gap is in the headlines again, following recent controversy at the BBC. What’s less well known is what’s driving a long-term pay penalty for women in the wider economy – how little we value part time work, and the fact that women do most of these jobs. New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), as we approach the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, reveals how the penalty for working part time is locking mothers and their families in poverty. One in five part time workers live in poverty, compared to only one in ten of full time workers. Over 40% … (To read the full article, subscribe below)


Helen Barnard is head of analysis at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation