Gender Equality - the pay gap and beyond

In this podcast we're talking to the four panellists from our Insights launch. Fran Bennett, Monica Costa Dias, Sam Smethers and Helen Wright explore research findings and ideas surrounding the gender pay gap in the UK and what can be done to close it.

Guest contributors: 

Fran Bennett

Fran works in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford as a senior research and teaching fellow, with a focus on social policy. She is an active member of the Women's Budget Group. Fran has a particular interest in social security policy, gender issues, and poverty, income distribution and participation.

She is also an independent consultant, and has written extensively on social policy issues for the UK government, NGOs, and others. With Prof Jonathan Bradshaw, she is one of the UK team of independent experts in the European Social Policy Network for the European Commission.

Fran chairs the editorial board of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, having been a co-editor. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and an associate of its international advisory group.

Monica Costa Dias

Monica is an Associate Director at the IFS and a Research Economist at the Centre for Economics and Finance, University of Porto. Her research interests are mainly on Labour Economics and the Economics of Education, with a focus on the determinants of individual and household choices, including human capital investments, labour supply and intra-household allocation of resources, and their consequences for inequality and the evaluation and design of tax and welfare policies

Sam Smethers

Sam joined the Fawcett Society in August 2015 as Chief Executive. Prior to that she was the Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus for over six years. Sam is no stranger to equalities and gender issues having worked for both the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. She also served as a Fawcett trustee between 2007 and 2010, was a trustee of Gingerbread for seven years and has nine years’ experience working in Parliament. Sam is passionate about equal representation, valuing and sharing care and closing the gender pay gap. She has made a big impact already and focused on creating a brilliant team, driving forward an intersectional approach to our work and devising an exciting programme to mark 100 years of women's suffrage.

Helen Wright

Prior to having children, Helen worked as a broadcast journalist for the BBC and ITV, followed by 18 months running her own media training company. She has a degree in History from Durham University, and a Diploma in Journalism from Cardiff University. After her career break Helen found herself surrounded by talented professional women who, like her, were having trouble getting back into the labor market due to a lack of flexible working positions. As a result, Helen founded 923jobs, a recruitment agency that specialises in placing high quality professionals into jobs with flexible hours.

If you would like to read the Insights report that this podcast is based on you can find it here