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March 2016 Blog Posts

International Women’s Day 2016

Today is International Women’s Day, and we’re making a #pledgeforparity. Women in business can experience gender bias on a daily basis, whether or not it’s intended. As of October 2015, women made up only 23.5% of directorships. When it comes to top executive roles on FTSE 100 companies the figures are even more disheartening, with women accounting for only 8.6% of the total. We’re all well aware of the significant pay gap – for every hour worked, women earn just 81p of each pound earned by men – but it’s also worth considering recent studies finding that women in the workplace are often expected to take on more of the ‘office housework’ duties. These include things like making tea and coffee, organising social events and taking notes during meetings. Kathleen Elkins, writing for Business Insider UK suggests that ‘when a man says no [to these tasks], he faces no negative consequences; he is regarded as “busy”, while a woman would be considered “selfish”.’

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