Just this weekend a national newspaper revealed a troubling fact. A gender pay gap at heart of our democracy. Disturbingly male MPs earn more than 10.4% more on average than their female counterparts, despite identical base salaries. When combined with the continued female chronic under-representation at the heart of our democracy this makes for a concerning, but unsurprising reading. It also raises the question, that if in this high-profile arena we are falling so far short in this aspiration, what imbalances might exist in different sectors of the economy?
Gender Pay Gap07/03/2018
Labour Councillor for Princes Park for the past 13 years it was a great honour to be made Mayoral Lead for Equality with specific responsibility for Race Equality. This has enabled me to focus on all the amazing women across the city who have made a major contribution to our social fabric.
100 Years of Votes
This year we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of People Act being passed in Parliament, giving women over 30 with their own property the right to vote. The women granted the vote would have to wait until the General Election in December 1918 to exercise their democratic right, and it would be another 10 years before women from all classes succeed in gaining equal voting rights to men. 100 years on, we as women are no longer bound by the stereotype of the homemaker and we have taken our position in the fields of business, politics, science, arts and sports, thanks to our grandmothers, mothers and aunts who fought throughout the 20th century for equal access to pay, education, health care and maternity rights.
My early life was filled with an eccentric style of nurturing, the sound of Status Quo and Dire Straits, my parents and their eclectic gaggle of socialist friends. Equality was the golden thread weaved through my childhood experiences. However, my understanding of equality never really translated into a fight for gender parity. I was surrounded by strong and capable female role models, International Women’s Day meant nothing to me.
They Can and They Will
In my view (and one that is shared with many of my friends), parents are often the first real role models for any child. In cases of girls, this is often the mother, grandmother or primary giver. I remember my daughter bringing home her homework many years ago about inspirational women, laughing and crying at the same time to see that I had made it into her top three alongside Beyoncé and Ann Frank! That was 15 years ago at the beginning of the social media boom for young people with the creation of sites like MySpace.