Women’s war on BBC wage gap

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Our recent article regarding the highly publicised #BBCpaygap, highlighted gender related pay issues within the media industry. A number of female celebrities have since spoken out, revealing that their male co-workers are earning more than them. It has been reported that Jenifer Laurence, the highest paid actress, made $52 million in 2015 compared to Robert Downey Jr., the highest paid male actor, who received $80 million. Meanwhile Ashton Kutcher reportedly made three times the amount that Natalie Portman earned for the film, ‘No strings attached’.

Source: indiatoday 


Here at SilkArmour, we prayed that this would encourage the BBC and other media outlets to be more transparent and treat our women with the respect they deserve and have worked hard to gain.

 As reported by Refinery29, many high profile female celebrities including BBC presenters Emily Maitlis, Angela Rippon and Fiona Bruce have signed a letter addressed to Tony Hall in complaint of the gender pay gap calling for action to be taken immediately. You can read the letter and names of those who have signed it below.

Dear Tony,

The pay details released in the Annual report showed what many of us have suspected for many years...that women at the BBC are being paid less than men for the same work.
Compared to many women and men, we are very well compensated and fortunate. However, this is an age of equality and the BBC is an organisation that prides itself on its values.
You have said that you will "sort" the gender pay gap by 2020, but the BBC has known about the pay disparity for years. We all want to go on the record to call upon you to act now.
Beyond the list, there are so many other areas including production, engineering and support services and global, regional and local media where a pay gap has languished for too long.
This is an opportunity for those of us with strong and loud voices to use them on behalf of all, and for an organisation that had to be pushed into transparency to do the right thing.
We would be willing to meet you to discuss ways in which you can correct this disparity so that future generations of women do not face this kind of discrimination.
Yours sincerely,
Aasmah Mir, Katya Adler, Anita Anand, Wendy Austin, Samira Ahmed, Clare Balding, Emma Barnett, Zeinab Badawi, Sue Barker, Rachel Burden, Annabel Croft, Martine Croxall, Victoria Derbyshire, Lyse Doucet, Jane Garvey, Joanna Gosling, Fi Glover, Carrie Gracie, Orla Guerin, Karin Giannone, Mishal Husain, Lucy Hockings, Geeta Guru-Murthy, Kirsty Lang, Gabby Logan, Martha kearney, Carolyn Quinn, Kasia Madera, Katty Kay, Emily Maitlis, Louise Minchin, Sarah Montague, Jenni Murray, Annita McVeigh, Elaine Paige, Sally Nugent, Angela Rippon, Ritula Shah, Sarah Smith, Kate Silverton, Charlotte Smith, Kirsty Wark, Fiona Bruce, Alex Jones

The workplace should be accommodating to a diverse range of employees. It is an out-dated view that women can’t work in leadership roles. Put simply in the words of US politician, Geraldine Ferraro, ‘some leaders are born women’ and they should be rewarded accordingly. There is a huge increase in women entering male-dominated job fields. The days spent assuming your lawyer or doctor is a male are finally gone, yet still they are often given lesser job titles, underpaid and not recognised for the hard work they do. This is why we must continue to fight for our rights and work towards an equal future.

Source: womeninleadership


After it was announced that Jodie Whittaker was cast as the first female ‘Doctor Who’ in the shows fifty-four year history, people began wondering if the female Doctor will be paid the same salary as her male predecessor, Peter Capaldi. 

Many people took to twitter to question weather the pay reveal would be a chance for the BBC to begin to reconcile with their female employees and fill the gender pay gap… meanwhile, other tweeters weren’t so sure.





Thankfully, Jodie’s pay will match Peter Capaldi’s. We are very pleased to see the BBC finally making decisions that are gender equal and feel it is a great success for women.

 "It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be," – Jodie Whittaker

Let ‘Doctor Who’ be an example to those that believe women can’t take on strong lead roles whether in film or real life. These cultural taboos are out-dated and unrealistic. The fight for equality benefits both genders. Addressing gender issues in her speech addressed to the United Nations, Emma Watson says, “It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals." At SilkArmour, we believe every person should have an equal voice and only then will our society operate to its full potential.


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