Corbyn vs. Smith: What Are The Labour Leadership Candidates Pledging To Promote Gender Equality?

With less than a month to go until the ballot closes in the Labour leadership race, the two contenders have revealed how each would tackle gender inequality if elected. In response to questions from the Women’s Budget Group, a leading network of feminist economists, Owen Smith has promised to update the Equal Pay Act, scrap employment tribunal fees, spend an extra £60bn on the NHS, end tax breaks for private schools and spend the extra income on Sure Start centres. Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to introduce universal childcare, scrap academies, halt privatisation within the NHS, give teeth to the Equality and Human Rights Commission so it can better police the gender pay gap, and improve employment rights for care workers.