Equal pay and the gender pay gap are grabbing headlines at the moment. Yet, whilst both relate to the disparity of pay between the sexes, they are often confused for one and the same thing. In fact, the two issues refer to quite different problems, which arise as a result of quite different factors. In order to understand them, we need to get a few things straight…
Kingsley Napley is a law firm based in Farringdon, close to Clerkenwell Green. On the Green itself, the Crown Tavern is popular all year round, and the drinkers gather on the pavement outside and on a patch of concrete across the road. There is no grass, and nothing much is green, but by the end of next year, there will also be a bronze statue of one of the key figures in the suffragette movement from the early 1900s: Sylvia Pankhurst.
Last night saw the launch event of Women in Criminal Law (WiCL), hosted in the beautiful Law Society Hall, featuring inspirational speeches from eminent women lawyers
Last summer, Oxford University gave its Mathematics undergraduate students extra time to complete their exams (105 minutes instead of the usual 90 minutes). It was hoped this would address an inconsistency in results across the genders: at the time, 21.2% of women on the course graduated with first-class degrees, compared to 45.5% of men. The goal was to reduce “the undue effects of time pressure”, which are thought to have more of an impact on female students than male students.
As the UK debates immigration, Brexit and the NHS’s workforce crisis, we should educate ourselves on the situation of migrant women moving across the world to fix our ‘care deficit’.
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