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Impact of the economic downturn on women

Published:4 March 2009
Fieldwork:6-8 and 11-12 February 2009
Source:Governent Equality Office
Keywords:Economy, Equal opportunities, Recession, society, Women
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In January 2009, the Government Equality Office (GEO) commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct a robust programme of research in order to shed light on the impact of the economic downturn on women. The objectives of the research were to examine how the downturn has influenced women's fears, their finances, working and caring arrangements, family life, future plans and wellbeing, and to compare this with men.

This project used a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods. The qualitative component comprised 10 discussion groups on the downturn, in order to identify what people think about the economic situation and how it has affected their own life and their families' lives, and also to investigate why they hold these views. The quantitative component of the research consisted of questions asked on the Ipsos MORI telephone omnibus survey, and helped to test the extent to which the views of participants in the qualitative research are indicative of wider public opinion. Around 2,000 people were asked over two waves dated 6-8 February and 11-12 February 2009.

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