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9 months ago by Melissa Kilday

Gender Equality

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It’s International women’s Day, so what better time to take a look at how we have progressed in the equality of gender. How equal are men and women in 2018?

Women have come along way since the days of not being able to vote, open a bank account or join the British Army (other than as a Nurse). Looking back at the timeline of Women’s equality in the UK it’s staggering to see the huge strides that were made by influential women but sadly it has taken huge sacrifice for the fight too.

Although women have made incredible progress in the movement for equality over several centuries, the work continues and with more strong females in positions of power it is now becoming easier for womens voices to be heard. This continues to be a huge topic of discussion and in recent months we have seen this subject in the spotlight in the media for multiple reasons but one thing is for sure it feels like it's time for a STRONG front. 

In celebration of International Women’s Day we have taken a look back at significant changes in gender equality over the past year.

One of the most shocking and most talked about stories in gender equality in recent months has been the BBC publishing their employees annual salary’s sparking a gender pay gap debate. In July 2017 it was revealed that of the BBC’s employees earning £150,000 per year two thirds of them were male and their top seven earners reaching up to £2.2 million per year were all men.

In response to these findings our female Prime Minister, Theresa May said ‘...I want women to be paid equally.’

The issue of gender pay gap has been ongoing and fought for since the late 19th century and eventually after many years of protest the Equal Pay act was introduced in 1970 and the provisions of equal pay are now included in the Equality Act of 2010. This act states that men and women are entitled to equal pay and rights if they are doing the same job which made the BBC pay gap scandal even more shocking and complicated. Since this revelation the BBC have proposed an upward salary adjustment for 188 of their employees in attempt to reduce and support the reduction of gender pay equality.

Tech giant Vodafone have acknowledged the importance of its female employees and are celebrating the achievements of some of its senior female influencers that have helped shape Vodafone and its success. In recognition of this and the under representation of women in Technology, Science, Engineering and Math’s careers, Vodafone have pledge to provide free Coding training for 1,000 16-24 year old women across 26 countries encouraging them to thrive in industries that have a underwhelming female presence. #CodeLikeAGirl

Here in the UK we are proud see that the University of Sheffield has announced their sponsorship SheFest IWD (International Women’s Day) Fringe Festival supporting gender equality. Sheffield is no stranger to the struggles women have faced in order to fight for equality and their University has been lucky enough to educate some of Britain’s most influential women including the first Briton to go to space, Helen Sharman. With the strong history in this part of England, Sheffield University aren’t slowing down in its efforts by sponsoring this fantastic event.


For more information about SheFest, check out their website - https://shefest.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/sf_bro_17_gold_web.pdf

#PressforProgress is this 2018’s International Women’s Day campaign and kicks off today!! Celebrate the achievements of women and be a part of this movement.

Find out more here - https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Activity/11712/How-to-plan-IWD