Realising aspirations? Gender, ethnicity and job inequalities

8th November 2018 17:00 to 19:00

Our research shows that even from a very young age, when girls and boys think about what they want to be when they grow up, they tend to go for jobs where their own gender make up most of the workforce. And the jobs girls set their sights on pay on average 27 per cent or £6.49 less per hour than those their male peers aspire to.

On the other hand, while ethnic minorities, and particularly minority girls, may have high hopes of a well-paying job, in reality they do not go on to fulfil these aspirations.

At this event we will explore recent findings from two national longitudinal studies, funded by the ESRC: the Millennium Cohort Study, which has been following the lives of around 19,000 children born in the UK at the turn of the century, and Next Steps, which is following around 16,000 people now in their late twenties.

The event will prompt discussion about:

  • How to inspire boys and girls to consider the whole range of job possibilities that exist, starting from a young age, and certainly before they are making choices about their education that could affect their future career paths.
  • How to remove barriers that may be preventing young people from achieving their aspirations, particularly those from ethnic minority groups.

At this event we will also preview a short animation we have developed for children, which explores some of these issues, and which we plan to roll out to schools.

Fees and Booking Information

This event is free to attend. Registration will begin shortly. If you would like to be notified when booking opens, please email Jennie Blows (

Venue and Travel Information

Room TBC
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street