The year 1928 marked a UK women’s' freedom to vote on the same terms of men. This liberation inspired a moment that is still on going today. Much to the embarrassment of the BBC, significant gender imbalances have been revealed within the company. This was bought to the public’s attention after the government enforced the BBC to disclose the wages of those earning more then £150,000 in order to secure a license fee for another 11 years. Shockingly, only 2 of the top ten BBC earners are women. Chris Evans, Radio 2 DJ and former Top Gear presenter is currently the highest earner, earning between 2.2m £2.249,999 last year whilst Claudia Winkleman, presenter of Strictly Come Dancing, is on just 450,000 - £499,999.
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Not only are men being employed over women for key on-air roles; they are also being paid more then women in the same job roles. MP, Damian Collins has said, "If it becomes clear that people doing the same job with the same level of experience but being paid at very different levels, people will question why that can be the case.” There is a £200,000 pay difference between BBC News presenters Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce. What makes the BBC think that certain individuals are better value for money than others? And why does this unsurprisingly correlate so closely to gender?
It is extremely important that this #BBCpay issue has been brought to light, especially with Jodie Whittaker’s recent casting as BBC’s, 'Doctor Who’ (deliberately disclosed pre BBC pay reveal?). A few steps forward and two steps back… Described by the Telegraph as the BBC’s attempt at ‘damage control’. Has the broadcasting company purposely revealed the female lead prior to revealing wages, in order to soften the blow of the #genderpaygap?
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Despite the outrage it has caused, we feel the exposed wage gap is something women can celebrate. Discrimination in show business has been brought to the attention of the mainsteam and this is pushing the BBC to make changes. Director of the BBC, Tony Hall has promised to close the #genderpaygap by 2020 in a statement released in a news conference following the reveal, “I feel reinvigorated in one of the things I really believe, which is getting by 2020 equality on the air between men and women and in pay as well.”
The gender wage gap doesn’t just apply to those working in show business. The BBC reveal reflects what happens in our culture on a day-to-day basis. Women’s rights and equality society, Fawcett have reported that ‘The current overall gap for full time workers is 13.9% ‘. Fawcett take note that this figure doesn’t include those women who are in part-time work due to care responsibilities. Part time work results in receiving a lesser average wage. Many jobs don’t even offer a part time work option, which makes things awkward for those with children. Why should women who unfortunately are still the primary caretakers in society, be put in this difficult position because of their gender?
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So, lets discuss gender discrimination and what steps we can take to become an equal society. Whilst it is fair to say we are all part of the problem, we are also all part of the solution. Men and women need to work together to solve gender discrimination. TIME magazine journalist, Julianne Smith’s recent article discusses the benefits of having a women lead and why men need to help them achieve this. Women should live in a world where we feel confident enough to work towards ambitious careers and goals and are then rewarded fairly.
Great progress has been made since the days where we couldn’t sue for sexual harassment in the work place or face difficulty when applying for a credit card. We must be pro-active in teaching our female friends, co-workers and children to ask for better pay and become strong negotiators. Too often, women settle for a lower wage than men in pressured interview environments. Why are we made to feel as though we deserve less? Companies should be dedicated to welcoming employees, regardless of gender, to the workplace and salaries should be monitored to ensure gender equality. If it wasn’t difficult enough to ask for a pay rise, more often than not, your boss is a man.
Job search expert for The Balance and CEO of Career tool belt, Alison Doyle, has written an article discussing the difficulty that women experience when approaching the idea of discussing salary with an employer and has come up with a few brilliant strategies to ease the pressure and boost your confidence when discussing pay. Follow these essential tips and support this movement. Does equal work not deserve equal pay?
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