Building equal workplaces

Young women face discrimination at work every day on the basis of their age, gender, appearance and caring responsibilities. 

Our report Picking Up the Pieces, found that

  • Over a third of young women would not report sexual harassment for fear of being fired
  • 2 in 5 young women said they have experienced sexism in the workplace
  • 21% of young women said they have been paid less than a male colleague in their workplace to do the same or similar work
  • 41% of Black young women said they had been discriminated against when in, or looking for, work because of their ethnicity, as did 28% of Asian young women and 22% of Mixed Ethnicity young women
  • 41% of young women with a disability or long-term condition said that they had been discriminated against because of this when working or looking for work

Read Picking Up the Pieces report 

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Paid less, worth less?

Hear stories from young women who have been paid less because of their age.

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Guide to working inclusively with young women

We have developed a toolkit with young women called Working inclusively with young women.

It highlights the benefits of involving young women in decision making, what to consider when seeking their views and the most effective ways to encourage their meaningful participation.

Download the guide [PDF]

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Smashing career stereotypes

We want to break down barriers to opportunities for young women, so they can smash career stereotypes and be anything they want to be.