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Commemorating a century of Women's Suffrage

100 years have passed since women earned the right to vote in the UK but there is still more to do. The number of women in work is greater than ever before but young women’s employment, which fell furthest in the recession years, has still not recovered. There has been a rise in the number of women who are stuck on zero-hours and short-hours contracts unable to get enough work to make ends meet and afraid to complain in case they lose the hours that they do have. Pay in real terms has fallen for women even though it hasn’t fallen by as much as for men. Women working full-time now earn about nine per cent less per hour than men but women working part-time earn nearly 38 per cent less. They still make up the majority of those paid less than the living wage and more women than ever before are in part-time work because they can’t find full-time work. Single mothers face greater obligations to look for work and are at greater risk of having their benefits taken away. They are also the group most likely to be sanctioned for unjustifiable reasons. More single mothers are now in work but frequently they are stuck in low-skilled and low-paid jobs which they have little chance of progressing from.

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Kate Osamor MP

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