Fawcett Society Report: The Sex and Power Series

Report / White Paper

April 30, 2018

Fawcett Society Report: The Sex and Power Series


The Sex and Power series was first published by the Equal Opportunities Commission fifteen years ago, then taken over by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for several years, and then for 5 years up to 2015 the ‘Counting Women in Coalition’ collected and collated data on women’s representation across different areas of public life.

In 2018, the centenary year of (some) women first getting the vote in parliamentary elections, and to coincide with the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square, the Fawcett Society has now brought together a new edition of that Sex and Power dataset.

One hundred years on from when the first women gained a say in how the country is run, it is an assessment of where the UK has made progress on representation – and where we have not.

In the report you will find:

  • A breakdown of percentages of women in power across politics, business and public life
  • Analysis of women's representation in politics, businesses, the arts and more
  • Conclusions and recommendations, including a time-limited use of quotas across public bodies and the boards of large corporate organisations. 

For further information, please click here.

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April 2018