Posted by: Lina | March 10, 2011

Happy Belated International Women’s Day!

Hello, ladies.

Although we have made leaps and bounds in the equality department, I decided to tackle a topic which is a little more serious than the things I’ve done before. Up until not that long ago, women weren’t working in senior positions, nevermind part of the workforce at all. International Women’s Day is important because it reminds us that there is still discrimination out there, even though we are slowly taking steps to prevent that.

Emmeline Pankhurst

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst

According to the Guardian, although the pay gap has narrowed, it remains that women earn less in 90% of occupations. In fact, over their lifetime, women will be paid £369,000 less than their male counterparts. In fact, it can be very difficult for a young woman to get hired: employers will often not hire a bright young employee because of the likelihood of the candidate becoming pregnant and a full time carer to her child. Additionally, women who are already mothers face discrimination to a higher extent than women who are childless. And it isn’t just that.

However much we want to say that we have reached equality is it a fact of life that women are often considered less competent than men even if they have the same qualifications. In fact many workers themselves have felt discriminated against because of their genders.

According to Personnel Today, 72% of female workers in the UK have felt some sort of sexism in the workplace, with 85% believing there is a male bias at the workplace. Only 8% of the women surveyed said they would go to their boss if they were being harassed. If this is happening to you, you do not have to put up with it. If you feel threatened, scared or hindered by your coworkers or your boss speak to Human Resources. If the person harassing you is telling you that if you say anything you might lose your job then there are legal recourses out there for you after going within the company.

Other than that, we obviously have a long way to go. When we still need an International Women’s Day to remind us that we are not quite on an even playing field, that there is still discrimination against an entire gender then we know we have to go somewhere.  How are we going to do that?

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