What Women Want | Ending the Care Penalty in the Workplace

Every day across the UK, the working lives of millions of women are disrupted because of care responsibilities. The division of unpaid labour continues to perpetuate gender inequalities in the world of work and has a significant impact on women’s careers. Opportunities are foregone, potential is limited, hours are reduced, and wages are lowered for many women who are simply expected to juggle their family and working lives. Not only has this had a detrimental impact on women in the labour market, but it has also harmed wider society by diminishing the diversity of the workplace, undermining the government's efforts to level up the UK.

Inclusive economic growth requires us to rewire our economy to ensure fairness through flexibility for those with caring obligations. This event builds on key insights from CPP’s first report focused on childcare published last year and will share emerging findings and recommendations ahead of the Centre’s upcoming final major report in our Women in the Labour Market programme.

The discussion brings together Stella Creasy MP, one of the UK’s most vocal politicians on gender equality, the Women’s Budget Group’s Director Mary-Ann Stephenson, and Emma Stewart from Timewise, the UK’s specialist talent consultancy focused on flexible working. They will be
joining CPP’s Co-Director Ben Franklin, and Research Analyst Dean Hochlaf, to explore the extent to which unpaid care impacts women in work and the role that more flexible work can play in tackling gender inequalities in the UK.

How do caring responsibilities impact women’s career progression? Who is responsible for creating a working environment that accommodates care responsibilities? What policies are needed to build flexibility into jobs without compromising pay and working conditions? These are just some of the questions that need answering, so that the UK can deliver on the promise of providing women greater choice over how they manage their lives, both at home and in the workplace.
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