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We should look beyond the gender pay gap—and focus our efforts on the most vulnerable women

Supporting women on low or no pay means looking beyond the overall gender pay gap and thinking about joined-up policies

By Ryan Shorthouse  

Women on low or no pay should be at the centre of our efforts. Photo: PA

The gender pay gap, understandably, receives a lot of attention. It is a headline-friendly representation of the challenges women still face in the modern workplace. But while important, its limitations should be acknowledged. To support women on low or no pay, which is the new focus for the Government Equalities Office, it is time for politicians and policymakers to look beyond the gender pay gap.

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