Unequal Nation: The case for social innovation to work for a gender equal future

Published: July 2015 Publication Type: Publication

Authors: , Freya Johnson Ross

This report presents an up to date picture of gender inequality in the UK, and explores how gender equality and social innovation actors can come together to create a positive, gender equal future for men and women.

We looked at research on the key dimensions of gender inequality in the UK – resources, attitudes and power, finding ongoing and entrenched inequalities. For example:

  • the pay gap is 19% in favour of men
  • 65% of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people have experienced bullying
  • 80% of university professors are male

Looking across these different areas we can see how they are interconnected – and need an interconnected response to make positive change.

We also looked at the practice and theory of social innovation – finding that social ventures, as well as funders and intermediary bodies, aren’t fully engaging with or addressing gender inequality as something central to creating sustainable change.

We develop recommendations for action going forward that can bring together these two important and rich areas of work.

You can download a copy of the report here.

You can download an abridged version of the report here.