What perfect timing for Equal Pay Day, following hot on the heels of the US election of Donald Trump, where sadly gender equality will no doubt now take a step back.
We all need to sit up and take notice of the unfairness of a society where half the population are earning less for doing the same job.
The situation for women working in PR is even more shocking, as we represent two-thirds of the workforce globally. Yet we earn on average 19% - equivalent to £12,600 less than men in PR.
We need PR organisations of all sizes (not just the legal requirement of those with 250+ employees) to publish their gender pay gap. Name and shame!
We also need to change attitudes. We need flexible working practices, affordable childcare and quality part-time jobs for women.
We really shouldn't have to wait 60 years for this to happen....
Indeed, with the election of Donald Trump we see the US take a huge backwards step on women’s rights and gender equality. It acts as a sobering reminder to all of us in the UK that we cannot take progress for granted. It requires political will and a conscious, focused effort to drive change. We have to guard against the risk of going backwards and losing some of the rights that women have fought for. In our post-EU Referendum world, equal pay for work of equal value is precisely the kind of thing some will argue should be dispensed with. Let’s show them they’re wrong, that we value those rights and we value the work that women do, just as much - but not more - than that of men.