8th March 2020 – International Women’s Day
It’s just like UB40 said. Apart from not as catchy. I am the 1 In 6 creative directors who is female.
That’s right – only 16% of creative directors in the UK are women. And in the run up to International Women’s Day, I’ve been thinking about that.
My main thought is that I find this statistic very odd. This is mostly because, when I was growing up, it was the women in my family who had careers. My dad, my grandad and my uncles were all factory workers who weren’t that interested in career progression. So I’ve always had quite a different view of inequality in the workplace. It’s been the opposite in my family, you see. But still, it hasn’t been equal.
If I was to explain workplace inequality to my 10-year-old son, it would go something like this:
There’s someone called Steve.
There’s someone called Stevie.
They both have the same experience. They both go for the same job. But Steve is a man. Stevie is a woman. Therefore Steve is more likely to get the job than Stevie. Oh, and Steve will be paid more too.
Son wouldn’t get it. And why should he? It. Doesn’t. Make. Sense.
Thankfully, lots of employers don’t get it either. More and more companies are celebrating (and paying for) talent. Not gender. About time, too.
Just check out these stats from the Office for National Statistics:
The gender pay gap among all employees fell from 17.8% in 2018 to 17.3% in 2019, and continues to decline.
So still a way to go, but moving in the right direction.
And, get ready for it:
For age groups under 40 years, the gender pay gap for full-time employees is now close to zero.
That’s right, zero!!! That’s equality right there.
And here I am doing this year’s International Women’s Day sign to celebrate.