With women leading countries around the world, you may think that the work on women’s rights is done. Yet equality isn’t a reality for everyone: here in the UK, for every £1 a man earns a woman receives only 85p. Despite the Equal Pay Act 50 years ago, women still earn less than men in Britain today. The difference in pay between men and women remains the clearest and most dramatic example of inequality for women. Overall, women can expect to earn significantly less than men over their entire careers as a result of differences in caring responsibilities; clustering in low skilled and low paid work, the qualifications and skills women acquire; and outright discrimination.

Join chair, Lisa Dando and our expert panel to discuss the impact of poverty on Women’s lives.

Chair, Lisa Dando
Lisa has been the Director of Brighton Women’s Centre for over 10 years. The charity provides gender specific and trauma informed support for women with multiple vulnerabilities across Sussex.

Rebecca McDonald
Rebecca is a Senior Economist at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an independent social change organisation working to solve UK poverty. Her research is focused on making sure work is a reliable route out of poverty. She is especially interested in how and why living standards vary across the UK, and the policies which can improve places with the fewest opportunities. Rebecca previously worked at Centre for Cities, an urban policy think tank, where she published research on the links between towns and cities, economic causes of high street decline, and reasons for recent city centre growth.

Dani Ahrens

Dani has lived in Brighton since 1987, and has been involved in a range of social justice, community, environmental, feminist and anti-austerity campaigns and groups over the years. She is currently part of the team of welfare rights advice volunteers at Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project, and also volunteers with local refugee and migrant housing charity Thousand 4 £1000.


Vicky Pryce

Vicky is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). She was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service.

Her books include: “Greekonomics: The Euro crisis and Why Politicians Don’t Get It”; “It’s the Economy, Stupid- Economics for Voters”, with Ross and Urwin; “Redesigning Manufacturing”, with Nielsen and Beverland”; “Prisonomics”; and “Why Women Need Quotas”. Her latest book, “Women vs Capitalism”, was published by Hurst in November 2019.

Rt Hon Fiona Mactaggart
Fiona Chairs the Fawcett Society, which works towards equality between women and men, and Agenda the charity which supports women and girls at risk. She was MP for Slough from 1997 until 2017 and a Home office minister from 2003 to 2006. She founded the all Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution and Global sexual exploitation and from 2012 until 2017 was co-Chair of the all Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking; she now serves on the Modern Slavery Commissioners advisory panel.

Diane Elson
Diane is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK and a former Chair of the UK Women’s Budget Group. She is Chair of the Commission on a Gender Equal Economy set up by the WBG. She is also a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy, adviser to UN Women and a former Vice President of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She has published widely on gender equality and economic policy. She was awarded the 2016 Leontief Prize for Advancing Frontiers of Economic Thought by the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. She lives in Hove.

Where: Brighton Museum Lab

When: 11am-12pm