The Oxford Martin Programme on

Women's Equality and Inequality

The Challenge

Increasing the social mobility and economic productivity of individuals is key to reducing inequality across the world. However, practically all the data we have on these subjects relate exclusively to men. This programme seeks to address that disparity by examining how women achieve social mobility.

Researchers will explore levels of women’s social mobility and the reasons for this.

A research team including social science scholars will also aim to create a measure of social mobility and educational outcomes that include innovation and skills, healthcare and childcare. It will also consider how best to identify women’s socio-economic status, which is currently often assumed to be the same as their father’s or husband’s.

The ultimate aim of the programme is to identify drivers of individual upward mobility, and of generational uplift, that can help to eradicate educational and economic inequality for women around the world.

Women’s rights is the unfinished business of the 21st century

– Hillary Rodham Clinton