I’ve never knowingly been paid less than my male counterparts, but the thought I might have makes my blood boil! I turned on the news this morning to hear that women earn 80p for every £1 earned by men.
Is the Equal Pay Act worth the paper it’s written on? It’s a disgrace that in 2014 most women working full-time are effectively working for free for the next two months. Of course that’s just half the story as women at the top of their game try to break through the glass ceiling. So what are we going to do about it???
Is the gender pay gap a symptom of a more widespread prejudice towards women in the workplace? In my working life, I’ve been asked at a final interview if I was thinking of getting pregnant as the other strongest candidate was a man and therefore couldn’t!
I’ve discovered having a baby can be tantamount to committing career suicide. A friend whose baby was 9 months old was asked at interview what she’d been doing in her time off. When she explained she’d just had a baby the panel expressed disappointment that she hadn’t done any courses.
While working freelance, I was amazed as a male colleague daily shouted “part-timer” at a female colleague leaving the office at 5pm to collect her children from out of school clubs. As if it isn’t hard enough trying to find a balance working full-time while keeping up with the domestic chores and having some time left over for the family without comments like that!
Women have proved themselves to be just as, and in some cases more than, capable and hard-working as men. We are tenacious, resourceful, incredible multitaskers and facilitators…and unequivocally worth more than we’re getting!