Is IWD still relevant in 2018?

Yes, it’s a day to discuss what remains to be done to achieve gender parity:

128 / 85%

Yes, but I am getting a bit tired of these campaigns:

17 / 11%

No, I think other forms of discrimination are a bigger priority than gender parity:

3 / 2%

No, women’s issues are discussed all the time:

2 / 1%

What policies should employers tackle to press for progress?

Encourage better take up of shared parental leave:

5 / 3%

Adapt technology to enable effective remote and flexible working:

11 / 7%

Take active measures to eliminate any gender pay gap:

18 / 12%

Vet their suppliers to ensure they are practising equal pay for equal work:

1 / 1%

All of the above:

115 / 77%

What is the next issue we should press for progress for?

More representation of women on boards:

15 / 10%

More women in Parliament:

16 / 11%

Make fair pay a reality rather than an aspiration:

85 / 57%

Better female role models in popular culture:

23 / 15%

Other – please detail here:

11 / 7%

- All of the above
- Raising awareness of "women's issues" eg. sexual assault/workplace harassment/rape
- Increase funding for childcare. Extension of period of maternity related discrimination.
- More funding for childcare. Extension of the period in which women can bring maternity related discriminaiton claims.
- MakeMake enhanced SP Pay equal to enhanced Mat pay.
- All of the above
- increased exposure of ethnic diversity - far too often, when the term ethnic diversity is used, its focus is just on black people rather than th WHOLE of BAME...there are four letters in the term 'BAME' - not just one letter.
- Opportunities and pay based on merit, not gender.
- Women with family to be represented on Boards and Parliament, not only career women (with no children)
- More representation of women at senior levels across institutions (partnership in law firms, boards of companies, the cabinet, the judiciary), dispelling the myth that raising children is a women's issue (when a child is born into a family it is often automatically assumed that this will be a large burden on the mother and the man will carry on as usual - this shouldn't be the expectation or the reality), ending the idea that there are traditional male and female roles within a work place
- The biggest obstacle to progress (at least in the UK) is childcare. Press for genuinely shared parenting and end the presumption that dealing with the children is the woman’s role.

What role do men have to play in pressing for progress?

Being proactive and vocal in their workplaces to make sure that women have the same opportunities as men to progress their career:

101 / 67%

Take on more of the traditionally female roles in the household, such as childcare and housework:

34 / 23%

Say something when they see or hear something patently sexist or discriminatory, but it is really for women to the push the change:

13 / 9%

None, this is a women’s issue – men don’t need to change their behaviour on an individual level:

2 / 1%

What will it take to achieve gender parity?


16 / 11%

For men and women to speak out when they see unfairness or wage disparity:

115 / 77%

Positive discrimination/female quotas - at least in the short term:

11 / 7%

For men to be able to have children!:

8 / 5%