CHASM Annual Conference 2024

Friends House - Euston - London
Thursday 27 June 2024 (10:30-16:30)

For more information, please email Helen Harris,

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The gender wealth gap: causes, consequences and solutions 

Women face multiple structural disadvantages across the life course impacting their financial security and wellbeing. The gender pay gap, inadequate recognition and compensation for care work and ‘gender blind’ private pension systems are among the key causes. Socially constructed gender norms may also serve to influence the differentiated financial behaviours and outcomes of men and women.

All of these differences accumulate and crystallise in later life, resulting in a situation where women are much more likely to have lower levels of wealth and greater financial insecurity than men. Women are also more likely to require care in later life due to longer life expectancy, on average, but have fewer resources to fund that care.

At this year’s CHASM conference, we bring together the latest research evidence, expert analyses and real-life stories to better understand the causes and consequences of this longstanding inequality, and debate what more needs to be done to achieve sustainable improvement in women’s’ financial wellbeing.

CHASM is delighted to welcome three keynote speakers to the conference.

  • Professor Debora Price, Professor of Social Gerontology at The University of Manchester
  • Faith Reynolds, Adviser to the Board at TISA
  • Dr Jonquil Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Personal Finance. Open University

This in-person CHASM Conference will be held at Friends House, Euston, London. Places are limited.


10.30am -11.00am Arrival and Registration, including coffee/refreshments
11.00am - 11.15am Introduction – Dr Louise Overton, Director of CHASM
11.15am - 11.40am Dr Jonquil Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Personal Finance, Open University
11.40am - 12.05pm Professor Debbie Price, Professor of Social Gerontology, University of Manchester
12.05pm - 12.30pm Faith Reynolds, Adviser to the Board at TISA
12.30pm - 12.50pm Questions, Chaired by Professor Tom Shapiro, Brandeis University, Massachusetts
12.50pm - 1.50pm  Lunch
1.50pm - 2.30pm Lived Experience Panel, Chair Kristian Fuzi, CHASM
2.30pm - 2.40pm Introduction to CHASM's current work
2.40pm - 3.10pm Networking break and CHASM showcase
3.10pm - 3.50pm The Gender Wealth Gap Policy and Market solutions Panel,  Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Government Equalities Office, Pensions Policy Institute (PPI), Financial Services sector. Chair Professor Adele Atkinson, CHASM
3.50pm - 4.00pm Closing remarks
4.00pm - 4.30pm Refreshments and networking