Closing the gap: tackling gender inequality in organisations

Wednesday 30 January 2019, 6:30pm to 8:00pm


The Storey, Lancaster; Lancaster Priory; Lancaster University - View Map

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Alumni, Applicants, External Organisations, Postgraduates, Prospective Students, Public, Staff, Undergraduates


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A Public Lecture by Dr Valerie Stead and Professor Claire Leitch of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS)

Despite significant advances in gender equality in the workplace, inclusive leadership still remains elusive. Research shows that women are paid over 9% less than men and are over-represented in junior roles, while men fail to benefit from family-friendly working practices.

In this lecture Dr Valerie Stead and Professor Claire Leitch explore these significant gender gaps: the gender pay gap, the leadership status gap and the family policy-practice gap. Drawing on contemporary events and their research, Claire and Valerie will show how these gaps combine to perpetuate deep-seated inequalities and the implications for the workplace.

Following on from the Gender Matters think-tank event organised by the Academy for Gender, Work and Leadership of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) and the Work Foundation, and their presentation at an Industry and Parliamentary Trust Breakfast event “Mind the Gap: Decreasing Gender Inequalities in the UK workforce”, Dr Valerie Stead and Claire Leitch’s lecture takes another step towards progressing the agenda around these nationally and internationally significant issues.

Read more about Dr Stead and Professor Leitch research gender gaps analytics in the Gender Matters Brochure.

About the speakers:

Dr Valerie Stead is Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Management in LUMS and Director of the LUMS Academy for Gender, Work and Leadership. Motivated by the enduring global challenge of women’s under-representation in positions of power, her research focuses on how and why gender inequalities persist at work.

Professor Claire Leitch is Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership in LUMS. Her research concentrates on the development, enhancement and growth of leaders and their organizations. She has a particular interest in gender and understanding the underpinning reasons for the policy-practice gaps which perpetuate gender inequality in the workplace.

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