We’ve come a long way from the days of the Cave Man dragging his woman by her hair to have his way with her; but we’re by no means equal.
- Women are likely to earn £300,000 less than men over their working life, read more
- Regardless of income or employment status, women spend two days more per month on average doing house chores than men, read more
- Women are still frowned on for having body hair, read more
And that’s not even the worst of it, still in places of our world women are refused a voice, refused an education, seen as being below men and offered little to no respect.
That is why International Women’s Day is an important awareness raising date in the diary. Until there is true equality across the globe, we will always call for this day to be celebrated.
“The World Economic Forum believes it will take another 118 years – or until 2133 – until the global pay gap between men and women is finally closed.” BBC News
Although many women now undertake leadership, high profile and highly skilled roles, this often comes at a cost. The choice between a career or a family. Not for all, and of course, many find ways to work around it; but these kind of roles tend to involve long hours, lots of stress and being away from home for long periods of time. Which usually means men are seen as being more suited to these roles as women are seen to be needed more at home to keep the house going.
“Companies that offer perks to help with work-life balance, such as generous vacation policies or the ability to telecommute, have a recruiting edge.” Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half.
But who really wants that kind of stressful life in 2016? It has never been easier to work away from the office giving both women and men the opportunity to be at home more, spending time with their family or pursuing personal hobbies. Personally I think there should be more part-time opportunities too within the leadership, high profile and highly skilled professions. There are more than enough qualified, experienced and skilled people around that need a job and can share the role responsibilities perfectly well.
International Women’s Day reminds us of where women have come from in our struggle for equality and how far we still have to go. What will your pledge for parity be?
I’ll leave you with some inspiring words from Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society, the largest UK charity with a focus on advancing women’s rights and equality in Britain.
“Its a day of celebration and solidarity, a day to recognise our shared struggle for rights and equality. 150 years ago when The Fawcett Society was founded, a woman and all she owned belonged to her father or her husband. We have fought and won reproductive, voting, education, working and maternity rights. But in the UK we still have a pay gap of 14%, 54,000 women a year experience pregnancy discrimination and 2 women each week are murdered by a partner or ex-partner. Our work is far from done.”