There is limited official data available on young women. The government continues to make decisions and new policies without considering the needs of young women from different backgrounds and communities.
Our research team reviewed the data available to the public relevant to young women’s economic justice. The data we do have shows the economic inequality that young women face in the UK.
Young women in work
The official Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is one of the only datasets to include a breakdown for young women. It shows every year that the gender gap in earnings starts at the beginning of young women’s careers.
In 2020, women aged 18 to 21 earned 31% less than young men of the same age. Women aged 22 to 29 earned 19% less than men of the same age.