IPPR paper on ‘Women, automation and equality in the digital age’
New paper argues that -
‘automation presents an opportunity to narrow gender inequalities. An acceleration of automation could increase productivity and enable higher pay in currently low-paid roles dominated by women. New jobs will be created that could provide high-quality opportunities for women to take up. Automation could create a society of plenty, both financially and with more time for life outside of the workplace, which could relieve women of the ‘double shift’ of paid and unpaid work that many face and rebalance unpaid work between genders. But a more gender-equal future will not happen spontaneously. Realising this opportunity will require a managed acceleration of automation, led by those who could be affected by it, including women.’
could - but will it?