More inequality for British women

This Belgian trade union video is called Equal Pay Day. Paying women less is insulting.

From British daily The Guardian:

UK slips further down global gender equality league

Equal-pay ranking is 81st out of 130 countries
• Overall position two places lower than last year

* David Batty

Thursday November 13 2008

Britain is failing to bridge the gender gap, with increasing numbers of women earning less than men, an international thinktank has warned.

The UK has fallen lower down the world league table on gender equality for the third year running, and is now ranked 13th out of 130 countries in terms of women’s pay and work opportunities, political power, health and education.

Last year Britain came 11th in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index, while in 2006 it held 9th place.

The biggest decline in performance was in the ranking for equal pay, where Britain dropped 20 places to number 81.

One of the report’s co-authors, Saadia Zahidi, said this translated into thousands of women being significantly worse off. “There was a 4% drop in wage equality in the UK in the last year, but this equates to a drop of 20 places on the rankings from 61st place to 81st,” she said.

In terms of overall economic participation, which covers wages, earnings and the proportion of senior managers and professionals, Britain fell 10 places from its 2007-08 score, to number 42. …

Women scored better than men in terms of educational attainment and health, with 69% of women having gone through further or higher education compared with 50% of men.

“On education, the UK has closed the gender gap completely but that is still not being translated into equal pay or a more proportionate number of women in senior business and political roles,” said Zahidi.

“It is a waste of their talents if they are not catching up in economics and politics.”

Katherine Rake, director of the Fawcett Society, said it was “incredibly worrying” that Britain was slipping back in its efforts to tackle gender inequality.

See also here.

TUC LEADER Brendan Barber warned on Tuesday of an “equal opportunities recession” hitting women harder than the previous downturns in the early 1980s and ’90s: here.

History of British women’s magazines: here.

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