• The Government is examining research that found women earn significantly
less than men.
The research, Women’s Incomes Over the Lifetime, was carried out by Dr
Katherine Rake a lecturer in social policy at the London School of Economics
for the Government’s Women’s Unit.
Dr Rake found a woman leaving school with no qualifications forgoes nearly
£200,000 over a lifetime by virtue of being female. For a woman with GCSEs, the
figure is nearly £250,000 while for a woman with a degree and professional
career it is £143,000.
The so-called female forfeit is reduced in the case of professional women,
but they still earn significantly less than their male counterparts.
Minister for Women Margaret Jay has pledged to consider measures to reduce
the gap in earnings.