We have produced a report on the future of gender equality for Yell Business.
It features a vision of what gender equality will mean in the 21st century, including key trends:
- Never mind the gap
The gender pay gap will be gone by the early 2040s.
- More female
We will soon see far more women in business — in the boardroom, in startups — and in the media.
Products and services are increasingly being created for the 50% of the world which isn't male.
- The more gender agenda
Our society is shifting from a binary gender world (male or female) to one where there are far more choices of gender, including "gender neutral", "poly gender", and "pan gender".
- Beyond gender
Gender is becoming less relevant in society. The rise of gender fluidity is a striking example of this.
- Bye-bye bias
Clever solutions are being created to reduce our hard-to-ignore, in-built prejudices.
- 50/50 futures
Men and women will be part-time breadwinners and carers, and will share both responsibilities equally.
- Wellbeing: the next battle for equality
As our values shift from economics to wellbeing, we'll be concerned less with gender pay gaps, and more with any gender wellbeing gaps.
For equality, we need a new definition of men and masculinity, and for men to recognise the benefits of equality are theirs too. The seeds of this new movement have already been planted.
- Transhumanism: the evolution of the equality question
As we become tech-enabled humans, concern for equality will be less about the difference between men and women, and more between the tech-haves and the tech-have-nots.
This report was created thanks to the wisdom, ideas, inspiration, and information from the following:
- Calum Ross / Ripley — trend forecaster / drag queen and rights campaigner
- Suzanne Doyle-Morris — author of Female Breadwinners: How they Make Relationships Work and Why They are the Future of the Modern Workforce, and founder of workplace advisory company The Inclusiq Institute
- Sophie Traherne, policy advisor to Nicky Morgan, Minister for Women and Equalities
- Katie Crook, producer, The Future Is Here
- Nicola Lacey, school professor of law, gender and social policy, LSE
- Diane Perrons, professor of economic geography and gender studies and director of the Gender Institute, LSE
- Rowland Manthorpe, associate editor, Wired
- Man-Yee Kan, associate professor, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford
- Rachel Arthur, fashion, business & tech journalist, founder of Fashion & Mash
- Jane Ward, associate professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of California, Riverside
- Jim Whyte, trends consultant
- Wybren Meijer, strategy advisor scenario planning, Great Bay Group SXM
- Rune Nørager, direktør, Designpsykologi
- Philippa Ryan, archaeologist, the British Museum
- Ed White, senior editor, Ideo
- Ben Southwood, researcher, Adam Smith Institute
- Ryan Murphy, research assistant professor, O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Southern Methodist University
- Vinay Gupta, release co-ordinator, Ethereum
- Eva Shon, user experience designer, Consensys
- Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, founder, BITNATION
- Sophie Taylor, founder, Taylor Made Media
- Gary Barker, president and CEO, Promundo-US
- Michael Kaufman, author, activist and senior fellow, Instituto Promundo
- Catherine Riley, head of communications, Women’s Equality Party
- Lucie Greene, worldwide director of the Innovation Group, J Walter Thompson
- Daniele Fiandaca, co-founder, Token Man
- Ida Tin, founder, Clue
- Deborah Frances-White, 2016 Writers' Guild Award Winner for Best Radio Comedy, and co-creator and presenter of podcast The Guilty Feminist (www.guiltyfeminist.com)