As a black children’s writer, she’s already in a minority. But her debut book High-Rise Mystery, a detective story starring young black sisters and featuring a diverse cast, puts Jackson in an extra select league.
“When I was young, I kept on reading and watching but the representation wasn’t there,” Jackson tells BBC News. “It was hard to find role models outside popular culture.
“When I read, the default in my head was ‘white’. Unless the character was black, it wouldn’t be stated.”
According to the recent report BookTrust Represents, covering 2007-2017, just 5.6% of published UK children’s authors and illustrators are from a black and minority ethnic (BAME) background. More
The Football Association has backed a call to honour Emma Clarke, Britain’s first black female footballer.
The Bootle-born player first featured for the British Ladies’ team in 1895 and went on to appear at stadiums such as St James’ Park and Portman Road.
Now Anna Kessel, sports writer and co-founder of Women in Football, wants Clarke to receive wider recognition: “A blue plaque on her childhood home would be brilliant.
“It would also be lovely to see the ground on which she made her debut recognised. I know English Heritage have rules about where a plaque can be attached – on an existing original building – however there are no existing buildings left on the pitch in north London where Clarke played. Maybe English Heritage could rethink their criteria. More
Companies may be forced to reveal their ethnicity pay gap under plans unveiled by the prime minister to help minorities at work.
Theresa May has launched a consultation on whether mandatory reporting will help address disparities between the pay and career prospects of minorities.
She acknowledged that minorities often “feel like they are hitting a brick wall” at work.
The move follows the decision to make firms reveal their gender pay gaps.
Downing Street said the consultation would allow businesses to share views on what information should be published “to allow for decisive action to be taken” while at the same time avoiding “undue burdens on businesses”. It will run until January.
The government’s Race Disparity Audit last year showed widely varying outcomes in areas including education, employment, health and criminal justice between Britain’s white and ethnic minority populations. More