Pankhurst-Fawcett Scorecard

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Greater Manchester Pankhurst-Fawcett Scorecard


A simple indicator of the state of affairs regarding women’s rights in Greater Manchester, over one hundred years since they have had the right to vote. The plan is for the data to be compiled and shared annually to 2028, which is the anniversary of equal franchise. This gives us a decade to make a difference. Our hope is that the scorecard will generate discussion, feed into the strategies of different organisations and of engaged citizens living and working within Greater Manchester – that it will inspire deeds not words.


This scorecard initiative emerged from discussions at the Radisson Blue Hotel (Old Free Trade Hall) following the first viewing of the BBC commissioned film produced by Helen Tither and Caroline Roberts Cherry, Emmeline Pankhurst: The Making of a Militant. The Scorecard idea was initiated by Helen Pankhurst, coordinated by Dr Kate Cook at The Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University, together with Stella Bowdell at the Chambers of Commerce. It was contributed to and endorsed by participants listed at the end of this document.

The Data

We have minimised the number of indicators, making sure that they are likely to be available and comparable over time, and that they cover different aspects of women’s lives. This is work in progress. For example, one additional area of data we plan to bring into the story is around care and family dynamics, which has emerged as a priority category but one to which we have not yet sourced meaningful data. In addition, Issues of intersectionality and multiple discrimination were much part of the discussions and will be brought into into the analysis beyond the headline data.

We have found that strong data at Greater Manchester level is hard to find. Our priority for year one is to find partners for each of the measures/areas to help collate and share data as we also start looking at how to address ongoing inequalities.


73,000 fewer women than men are employed in Greater Manchester.[1]

The gender pay gap in median hourly earnings for all workers living in Greater Manchester is 14.7% and the gender pay gap in mean hourly earnings is 7.2%.[2]


56% of female survivors of gender-based sexual violence in Greater Manchester told researchers that they had not accessed support in relation to what happened to them.[3]

In Greater Manchester, 47% of women with no recourse to public funds who are also survivors of gender based violence have been refused access to a refuge because of their immigration status.[4].


Across Greater Manchester 34% of councillors are women, and only two out of ten Greater Manchester councils are led by women. This means that only two out of eleven voting members on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Cabinet are women.[5]

Just 29% of judicial appointments for the North West are women.[6]


55% of undergraduates at Greater Manchester universities are women. However, 89% of first year undergraduates studying education are women while only 18% of first year undergraduate engineering and technology students are women[7].

2% of construction apprentices; 7% of engineering apprentices and 17% of ICT apprentices in Greater Manchester are women.[8]


40% of the most senior strategic decision making in Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations in Greater Manchester (i.e. galleries and museums) are women[9]

Women make up just 33% of Greater Manchester’s cyclists.[10]

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[1] Source: Making Devolution Work for Women: Greater Manchester Interim Report, Fawcett, et al, 2018.

[2] Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2018 Accessed via Nomis. Figures do not include overtime.

[3] Source: Voices of Survivors Greater Manchester, 2018.

[4] Source: Safety4Sisters, Migrant Women’s Right to Safety Pilot Project report, 2016.

[5] Source: This data has been compiled by reference to the websites of the various councils, 2018.

[6] Source: Judicial Diversity Statistics 2018.

[7] Source: Higher Education Statistics Authority returns 2016/17.

[8] Source: Making Devolution Work for Women: Greater Manchester Interim Report, Fawcett, et al, 2018.

[9] Source: Arts Council 32 organisations, 2017-18 annual survey.

[10] Source: Making Devolution Work for Women: Greater Manchester Interim Report, Fawcett, et al, 2018.