Queen's Speech response

Monday 14 October 2019

parliamentResponding to today’s Queen’s Speech (Monday 14 October), which set out the Government’s agenda for this parliament, Young Women’s Trust Chief Executive Sophie Walker said: 

“According to the Government’s own economic forecasts, Brexit will make the UK poorer. This is going to hurt most those who have least. And that’s young women. 

“Young women are already in crisis: they are more likely to be out of work and then to be paid less for the same work when they can find it. They are falling into debt. A million are living in poverty or on the edge of it, yet the Government’s agenda does nothing to address this. 

“The Queen’s Speech is a double whammy for young women: the Government is both ignoring their needs and yet again dodging the question of how to fix our failing social care system, which relies on forcing more women to do unpaid and low paid work. 

“Continuing to ignore the needs and the potential of such a significant part of the population is to the detriment of everyone. Valuing and investing in young women has never been more necessary as we seek fresh resources for an uncertain future. At Young Women’s Trust we won’t rest until young women have economic justice – an equal chance to contribute and be respected in equal workplaces.” 


Notes to editor:

Young Women's Trust works to give economic power to young women by raising their voices, challenging sexist stereotypes and rebuilding workplaces free from discrimination. We do this by:

  • Providing free coaching and CV feedback to young women to help them build their skills, identify their talents and develop strong mental health
  • Advising companies how to build equal workplaces
  • Campaigning for young women to be valued – at work and in their unpaid work
  • Training young activists to share their experiences and be the change

To request an interview with Sophie Walker, or for more information on Young Women’s Trust’s policy recommendations, surveys or case studies, please contact Bex Bailey at bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org or on 020 7837 2019.