Young, female and forgotten?
The Young Women's Trust worked with Understanding Society to look at the causes and consequences of economic inactivity for young women.
The Young Women's Trust supports and represents women aged 16 to 30 who are struggling to live on low or no pay in England and Wales and who at risk of being trapped in poverty.
An area of concern for the Young Women's Trust was why economic inactivity within England and Wales is disproportionatey high for young women. The organisation successfully applied to the Understanding Society Research Voucher Scheme for a collaborative project looking at the different pathways to economic inactivity. The research considered possible factors that influence whether young women are economically inactive, including work history, educational attainment, caring responsibilities and the presence of disability. Understanding Society was used for quantitative research on these issues, which was supplemented by the Young Women's Trust with qualitatitve research with young women.
The project found that hundreds of thousands of young women without a job are being written off as economically inactive and going without support to find employment, despite many of them having good qualifications and wanting to work.