DIAL Policy Brief No. 1 ‘Toward a gender-equal Europe: What can policymakers learn from the Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course (DIAL) research?’

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There are a number of key European policy agendas related to gender equality on which the DIAL research can shed light. This policy brief gives an overview of early findings from DIAL projects in this area.

Key Findings:

  • Family policies are linked to differences in earnings and wealth in mid-life across Europe.
  • Investments in skills and training for older women could be promoted to help close gender pay differentials.
  • Women face a greater risk of poverty throughout their working lives and into retirement because of breaks in paid employment and reduced work hours which have led to systematic disadvantage.
  • Claims that life has got better for LGBTQI+ people do not always hold up to scrutiny nor match the lived experiences of individuals.