Women in Public Life, the Professions and the Boardroom - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 05 March 2014 | Standard notes SN05170

Amended 11 April 2014

Authors: Carl Baker, Richard Cracknell

Topic: Employment, Equality, Members of Parliament

How are women represented in public life, the professions and the boardroom? This note sets out key trends and statistics, covering politics, public appointments, civil servants the judiciary, the NHS, education and leading private sector vocations. Most of these vocations have seen the proportion of women grow over the short and longer term, although the rate of progress is slow in certain sectors and there remain many areas and positions where women are significantly under-represented. In very few of the sectors examined do women exceed the 51% of the UK population that they represent.

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