Equal Pay Day, 10th November, landed on a Saturday this year, so on Friday 9th companies across the UK discussed the topic of women essentially working for free until the end of 2018.
Of course, it's a lot more nuanced than that. It's not a simple of case of women getting paid the same as men for exactly the same job, but rather looking at the bigger picture of the Gender Pay Gap and how women, as a whole, earn less than men. Motherhood is, of course, the number one reason why women's salaries start to decline as they choose to work part-time hours whilst father's continue working 5 days a week. There are subconscious biases towards young women who are recently married and the fear of losing a member of staff to maternity leave approximately one year into the role. Yes, Shared Paternity Leave came into effect back in 2015, but 3 years on it is still socially unacceptable for men to take a significant amount of time off, with only 2% of companies finding themselves with dads wishing to share maternity leave with their partner (The majority of HR directors interviewed by My Family Care said that men taking SPL leave could be “frowned upon or career limiting”, despite it being an expectation for women).