Women at work
Over the next few weeks we will be looking at being a working woman, perhaps you are a mother looking to get back into work or a career woman who feels stifled by lack of progress. We will be examining all aspects of working life as a woman.
Throughout school and university, females outperform males in almost every area of academia. When they start their careers they earn the same salaries as male counterparts, yet few women make it past middle management to the most senior roles within businesses. In order to redress this balance, we must start asking tough questions about our leadership teams and how they function. This year it was revealed that 78% of companies with more than 250 employees pay their male employees more than women.
Undoubtedly, at least some of this imbalance is due to the struggle lots of women face to balance demanding working roles and family, not least returning to work after having a baby and all the barriers that this presents. It is clear that all businesses should look to promote family friendly practices as a matter of priority, this could of course include flexible working practices and job shares.