Gender equality is key to income equality

Members of the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Science and Policy were briefed this week on why equality between men and women is key to tackling income inequality, particularly between families with children.

Equal Lives principal investigator Susan Harkness told the group of MPs, Lords, civil servants and policymakers that countries with higher female employment experience lower inequality and that supporting women into work would do more to reduce income inequality than closing the pay gap. She explained that as women’s lives polarised by education, more attention needed to be paid to those from low and middle levels of education.

The APPG, which was discussing Social Inequality in the UK, was also provided with a briefing note on the links between women’s employment and childhood inequality.