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Women’s employment in Britain over the last fifty years: changes, challenges and unexpected outcomes

Lectures
Date
9 May 2017
Start time
7:30 PM
Venue
Tempest Anderson Hall
Speaker
Dr Judith Glover
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Event Information

Women’s employment in Britain over the last fifty years: changes, challenges and unexpected outcomes

by Dr Judith Glover, Emeritus Professor of Employment Studies, University of Roehampton

A major area of interest for sociologists and social policy analysts is the widespread evolution of women’s employment patterns over the last half-century.  Focusing on Britain, I show that women, including many mothers, are now much more likely to be in the labour force than previous generations were.  Several challenges for society and for families follow from this, since women’s availability for childcare and eldercare can no longer be taken for granted. Analysts talk about a ‘care crisis’, exacerbated by the ageing of the population and the reduction of state-funded social care. One perhaps unexpected outcome is that grandparents are increasingly suppliers of childcare.

Is this situation sustainable? Are there any solutions to the ‘time squeeze’ that many women experience? I look to the Nordic model for a different state approach and also to the perspective that the solution lies in the family as well as in the state – and specifically in men adapting their personal and working lives to meet the challenges posed by women’s changing employment patterns.