Northern Powerhouse risks becoming “just another boy’s club”

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Category: The North

The Fawcett Society has published new research which finds that 72% of senior leadership roles in the Northern Powerhouse regions are occupied by men, with women only holding one in five council leader and mayoral roles. Chief Executive Sam Smethers warns that “whether we intend to or not, we are devolving power from women to men” and says the Northern Powerhouse project risks becoming “just another boy’s club” if women’s representation in key roles is not increased. The Fawcett Society released the research to launch a year-long study to “tackle gender bias in local government”.

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