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Fawcett Society Publishes ‘Sex and Power Index’

A new report from gender equality charity, the Fawcett Society, has revealed the extent to which men dominate what it describes as “power positions” in 2018. 

The Sex and Power Index reveals that women make up just:

  • 6% of FTSE 100 CEOs
  • 16.7% Supreme Court Justices
  • 17.6% of national newspaper editors
  • 26% of cabinet ministers
  • 32% of MPs

The report highlights that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women, or disabled women, are even less likely to be represented. BAME women make up approximately 7% of the UK’s total population – but just 4% of MPs. There are only two women MPs in the Commons who identify as disabled people. There are no BAME women at the top of FTSE 100 organisations.

The report has called for:

  • A time-limited use of quotas across public bodies and the boards of large corporate organisations, enabled by law. For other organisations that cannot countenance quota systems, set targets and publish an action plan.
  • The Government should legislate for all roles to be advertised on a flexible working basis, unless there is a business reason for them not to be, and more roles available on part-time or job-share basis.
  • The immediate implementation of Section 106 of the Equality Act 2010 to gather candidate monitoring data, extended to include local government.
  • Across the board, arts funding should be tied to a proactive policy of gender equal representation in arts, culture and memorials, which aims to redress this imbalance and sets a target of gender equal representation.

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