New PM must deliver for young women, says Young Women’s Trust

Tuesday 23 July 2019

The Conservative party today announced Boris Johnson as its new leader. It is expected he will take over from Theresa May as Prime Minister tomorrow (24 July).

Commenting, Young Women’s Trust’s Director of Campaigns and Communications Joe Levenson said:

“Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street three years ago and rightly pledged to tackle society’s burning injustices – among them, a lack of social mobility, the gender pay gap and insufficient mental health support.

“Since then, for many young women, life on all these fronts has become harder, not easier. Our research shows that they are struggling to make ends meet due to low pay and persistent barriers to work. As a result, debt is rising, mental health concerns are sky-rocketing and many young women are worried for the future.

“It’s essential that the new Prime Minister takes decisive action to improve young women’s prospects. This means investing in jobs and skills, removing the barriers that continue to prevent many women from fulfilling their aspirations and ensuring the workplace is fair for everyone. This would not only benefit young women but businesses and the economy, too.

“We also hope that women’s voices are heard, not only at the cabinet table but also throughout Brexit negotiations and future policy-making by listening to women up and down the country.”


Notes to editor

1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 18-30 in England and Wales trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.

2. Young Women’s Trust commissioned Populus Data Solutions Ltd to carry out a survey of young people. A representative sample of 4,010 18-30 year olds in England and Wales, with panel services provided by Populus Live, were surveyed between 29 June and 16 July 2018. The survey shows that:

  • 40% of young women said it is a “real struggle” to make their cash last until the end of the month (compared to 29% of young men)
  • 28% of young women said their financial situation has got worse in the last 12 months (compared to 21% of young men);
  • 29% of young women, more than a quarter, said their mental health has got worse in past 12 months (compared to 21% of young men);
  • 51% of young women said that financial worries have a negative impact on their mental health (compared to 39% of young men);
  • 44% of young women and 34% of young men are worried about their mental health;
  • 23% of young women said they are in debt all of the time (compared to 19% of young men);
  • 1 in 7 young women said they were disappointed by their employer’s efforts to close the gap and more than half that they did not feel confident challenging their employer on the issue; and
  • 53% of young women and 42% of young men said they feel worried for the future.

For more information, please contact:

Phone Joe Levenson on 020 7837 2019