Young, female and forgotten?

This report from our economic inactivity research project uncovers the reasons why so many young women are economically inactive and recommends new ways to support young women into work.

These findings from a major two-year research project look into the issues faced by some quarter of a million “economically inactive” (EI) young women whose needs, skills and aspirations have been long overlooked.

Led by Professor Sue Maguire of the University of Bath and supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, we have analysed a wide range of data, spoken to policymakers and service providers and carried out interviews with young women. Our research found a consistent picture of young women who were juggling responsibilities and struggling to make ends meet – but who largely were not getting the support that could help them to thrive as well as survive, or any recognition for their contribution to society.

I don’t think ‘Economically Inactive’ is a good way to describe people. It focuses on what people don’t have and doesn’t consider how much people might have to offer. I think young women should be given more of a chance to show their potential.

Iris, aged 22


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