Pankhurst-Fawcett Scorecard

The 2023 Pankhurst-Fawcett Scorecard – released on 6th February 2024

Pankhurst Fawcett Scorecard
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Pankhurst-Fawcett Scorecard

Our scorecard is named after Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett, two iconic figures who were among the first leaders of the campaign for women’s suffrage.

​The scorecard will be used to conduct annual reviews of gender equality data with the goal of achieving equality across all areas by 2028 – the centenary of equal franchise.

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We started the Pankhurst-Fawcett GM scorecard and accompanying briefs in 2018, the centenary of when some women were first able to vote. This is the sixth set of data, only four more to our end-point. The summary so far is:

 1. It continues to be very difficult to find data at GM level and even harder to find data showing differences within GM. It is also difficult to get intersectional data. For example, in terms of judicial appointments you can search by gender or by BAME, but you can’t overlay the two.

 2. In one case, regionally disaggregated data is not available without charge at the time of publication. (women in engineering and technology at undergraduate level)

 3. On the more positive side, in one case, the data has caught up by a year and we have revised all the data accordingly (Construction & Built Environ. Apprentices)

 4. The data is singularly difficult to come by for some thematic areas, this is the case particularly around safety for women. The research providing information on sexual violence survivors able to access support has not been repeated and yet it is an essential piece of information.

 5. Four of the ten indicators show no change and the rest only show one or two percentages changes from year to year and not always in the right direction, e.g. the gender pay increasing.  

 6. None of the five thematic areas show both indicators going in the right direction. Overall, the gender gaps remain; over the five years there is hardly any sustained positive change. At this rate by 2028, the centenary of equal franchise, we will have very little progress to celebrate.


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Data, deeds and determination are critical if we are to make significant inroads into entrenched and persisting gender inequality.