On International Women’s Day, Pay Tribute To The Women Who Inspire You
8 March 2016
Today marks International Women’s Day 2016 - a day of the year that is devoted to celebrating all things female. It is celebrated in a variety of ways across the world; however, the underlying theme remains the same: noting the progress we’ve made and the hopes we have for the future.
This year is themed around “Planet 50-50 by 2030” and the United Nations-backed event will be celebrated in more than 40 countries worldwide. “Planet 50-50” asks governments to make national commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential.
IWD has been observed since the early 1900’s when women across the globe were at varying stages of a battle to gain the right to vote, to hold public office and to be given equal employments rights as men. More than 100 years later, there is much debate about what remains to be conquered in this area. We now have female astronauts and prime ministers, greater equality in legislative rights and an increase in women in the boardroom. However, from working in recruitment, I am all too aware that one area in particular remains problematic.
In many industries, women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts.
In an attempt to address this, from next year every company in Britain with more than 250 employees will be required by law to reveal the pay gap between men and women. We are told by both the Prime Minister and the Women and Equalities Minister, Nicky Morgan, that this is just the first step in countering the problem of the gender pay gap in Britain. This regulation will affect about 8,000 employers across the UK and will require organisations to start calculating the pay gap from April 2017- 12 months ahead of the first tables being published. Employers must publish their gender pay gap on their websites and will have to report these figures every year from then on.
There have been mixed opinions about this measure in regards to both its purpose and effectiveness. But no matter which side of the debate you fall on, on this, International Women’s Day, pay tribute to the women who inspire you. Acknowledge the qualities you admire and apply this to your approach for the day. For me, I will be channelling my inner Maya Angelou - creative, thought-provoking and unordinary.
Written By Eilidh Black