Gender stereotypes

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/3213
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Research from the London School of Economics has found that young women and girls are less likely to aspire to the top paying professions compared to young men and boys. What action are you taking to break down gender stereotypes?

Answer

Gender stereotypes

Gender stereotypes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign has made a very clear link between the gender pay gap and gender stereotypes.  This is one reason that as part of that campaign we raised the profile of women (from today and from the past) who have broken down stereotypes. In addition, my recent Equal Play event brought together 150 stakeholders from across businesses and education to challenge stereotypes, particularly around girls and STEM. My new resource with the V&A Museum of Childhood will help families explore how play can affect children’s careers aspirations, and my new Gender Action Award will support teachers to place gender equality at the heart of education. My Digital Talent Programme also specifically supports young women seeking a path into the highly-paid tech sector.