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International Women’s Day 2017: Why are only 12% of council leaders women?

March 8, 2017 by Jennifer Glover

International Women’s Day is upon us, and what better time to reflect on our progress in local government? We look at how local government shapes up against other parts of politics and the wider professional sector. I’m a great believer in perspective. And when talking about gender equality, it’s often easy…


The impact of public spending cuts on women

September 16, 2014

This briefing brings together evidence from Unison, the Women's Resource Centre, Women's Budget Group and universities to assess the impact of recent government spending cuts on women.


Achieving gender equality in local government

July 15, 2014

This briefing summarises recent research into sexism in local government and uses practical examples from the 2014 Times 50 Best Employers for Women to explore practical measures councils can take to encourage more women to become councillors and enter senior management.