The COVID-19 gender gap: the impact of the pandemic on gender inequalities

Join the SMF, in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, for an Ask the Expert panel on gender inequalities in the UK labour market.

At the event, Director of the CEPR Labour Economics Programme, Professor Barbara Petrongolo will present new data drawn from Understanding Society’s COVID-19 supplement - a longitudinal study of the impact of coronavirus on UK households.

Recent research has revealed that the coronavirus outbreak has had an immediate adverse effect on the existing inequalities that impact women in the labour market. Despite much work towards ending these pre-existing inequalities, will the pandemic set back the progress already made? What can we do to prevent this, and what measures can we take to ensure that progress is continued to be made during this time of uncertainty?

Join our panel of experts Professor Barbara Petrongolo, the Rt Hon Baroness Nicky Morgan, and Matthew Percival, for what promises to be an interesting and important discussion.


Professor Barbara Petrongolo, Professor of Economics at Oxford University, Director of the CEPR Labour Economics Programme, Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

The Rt Hon Baroness Nicky Morgan, SMF Trustee and Former Minister for Women and Equalities

Matthew Percival, Director, People and Skills, CBI Chair

James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation

Date and Time Thursday 5 November, 10:00 - 11:15am

Joining Instructions The session will take place on Zoom. Joining instructions will be sent to registered attendees. There will be an opportunity to submit questions to the panel during the session.

Our Ask The Expert series, in association with UK Research and Innovation, brings academic research on public policy into the heart of Westminster. Follow the Ask the Expert series on Twitter: @SMFthinktank @UKRI_News #SMFAsk

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