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Women: Facts behind the fiction
All the drama-documentaries in the IF series are based on rigorous journalism and research, here's just a few facts about how women's roles have changed, and could continue to change in the future.

  • At A-Level girls outperform boys in 25 of 31 subjects at Grade A.
    (Source: Depart of Education)

  • By 2010, 40% of women will go into degree level education.
    (Source: The Future Foundation)

  • More than one in three working women now earns more than her partner.
    (Source: Office of National Statistics)

  • One third of new businesses today are started by women.
    (Source: Women's National Coalition / Future Foundation)

  • In 1990, one in 12 managers in Britain were women, by 2004 it's one in four and by 2020, it will be one in two.
    (Source: The Future Foundation)

  • In 1999, four out of five women with families (79%) still do all or most of the housework.
    (Source: Diagnostics social and market research, 1999)

  • The average age of women at the birth of their first child is 29; 2.5 years older than 25 years ago.
    (Source: IPPR)

  • Of women born in the 1950s, 1 in 10 did not have children. Of women born in the 1960s, 1 in 5 did not have children.
    (Source: IPPR)

  • Recent research implied a fall from over a hundred million sperm per millimetre of semen in 1940 to just 66 million sperm 50 years later. At this rate, western men will make no sperm at all by 2100.
    (Source: Steve Jones, Y: The Descent of Men)

  • Life expectancy for women has virtually doubled in the twentieth century and forecasts suggest this could rise to 120 years or more over the next century.
    (Source: Women's National Coalition/The Future Foundation)

  • By 2010, the proportion of single households is forecast to be 34% (7.9 million), a third of which will be women over 60.
    (Source: Demos)

  • Between 1993 and 2000, the number of women in prison increased by 115% compared to 42% for men.
    (Source: The Fawcett Society)


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