Gender and Sex Discrimination
The missing women of our generation
Shocking statistics in new gender report
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will today publish a damming report which will argue that it will take 70 years to achieve parity between men and women in the country’s top jobs.
The Report ‘Sex and Power 2011’ paints a very gloomy picture of the state of pay equality within the United Kingdom and in particular within the top companies. This is despite the fact that we have had an Equal Pay Act on statute for nearly four decades.
As well as the issue of unequal pay the report also highlights that women constitute only 12.5% of FTSE 100 directors and only 22.2% of MPs are women. 12.9% of senior members of the judiciary are women and only 6.7 % of FTSE 350 media companies’ chief executives are female.
In other words whether in the creative arts, the law or parliament or simply in our top businesses women are horrendously underrepresented. They are simply not there. They are the invisible presence in our boardrooms.
I simply cannot believe that these figures have remained largely unaltered in my adult life and that it will take another few generations before women and men are treated equally in the workplace and before women will be able to achieve their full potential without the obvious bias occurring.
The Report’s authors have cited a whole range of factors which have given us this present situation including outdated working practices with long hours as well as an unequal sharing of family and domestic roles within society at large.
What is your organisation doing to change the gender imbalance? How are you gaining (or are you not) from the deep pool of women who are missing from industry and commerce because they are simply not there?
Equal and Diverse is committed to ensuring that women place their full part in British life through our work in training and consultancy.