House of Commons Library briefing paper: Women in Public Life, the Professions and the Boardroom

How are women represented in public life, the professions and the boardroom?

The House of Commons Library published a July 2017 briefing paper (pdf) which aims to answer the question by providing key trends and statistics.

The briefing paper found that:

  • In 2016, women accounted for 23% and 25% of judges in Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively
  • Women continue to make up a large majority – around 90% – of qualified nurses, midwives and health visitors
  • Although women continue to occupy proportionately fewer senior roles at both the early and secondary schooling levels, they are increasingly becoming head and deputy head teachers.

Read the briefing paper (pdf).

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