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What women don’t want: how many countries still ‘mummy track’ women

Helen Kowalewska argues that although many women with caring responsibilities want to work full-time, policies across industrialised countries are still channelling many into more poorly paid and part-time ‘mummy track’ careers. The problem with mummy track careers Women earn 33% less than men on average by the time their first child is 12 years old, according to a recent report on the UK. Continue reading →

John Lewis xmas ad: heart-warming and inclusive or riddled with preconceptions?

Professor Asghar Zaidi, expert in issues on active ageing and international social policy, comments on the new advert's depiction of older age. The John Lewis Christmas advert is now firmly rooted as an annual British institution – provoking smiles and tears from some, but cynical sighing and eye-rolling from others. Whether we like it or not though, it has turned into a symbol to describe our consumerism and measure our preoccupations. Continue reading →