Realising aspirations? Gender, ethnicity and job inequalities

Findings from a research project looking at children’s occupational aspirations and what they tell us about different economic outcomes later on were presented at an ESRC Festival of Social Science event.

Lucinda Platt and Sam Parsons presented the research which asks if children from ethnic minority backgrounds have ‘less ambitious’ job aspirations and whether girls and boys from more traditional backgrounds have gender-typical expectations.

The event also included the first viewing of an animation on gendered choices which was followed by a discussion on the challenges in changing stereotypes and expectations relating to “men’s” and “women’s” work among youth, and different approaches.

Lucinda and Sam were joined by a panel of additional experts including:

Omar Khan (@omaromalleykhan) Director of Runnymede, the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank.

Heidi Mirza (@HeidiMirza) Professor Emerita at UCL, is a black feminist professor of race equality and women’s rights, and author of works on education and race and gender inequality.

Esohe Uwadiae 2017 LSE Law Graduate and former Education Officer for LSESU. She currently works as a Senior Faculty Administrator for Regent’s University London.

Nik Miller (@bridge_group) Chief Executive of the Bridge Group. Prior to his appointment he worked in the USA, at the University of Warwick, and was most recently Head of Corporate and Alumni Relations at the University of York.