Feminism and women’s rights are big social issues and discussions at the moment. From Anna Whitehouse’s #FlexAppeal movement to the #MeToo campaign,
women’s issues *eye roll* gender equality issues are being widely debated.
Some are saying that 2018 is the “year of the woman”. I’m not entirely sure what that means or if I believe or even want that but there is certainly a different feeling and attitude in the air recently.
A big topic for discussion in the blogging world at the moment is the Gender Pay Gap. It was reported recently that 78% of businesses pay men more than women, a statistic that has left many reeling. I have experienced discrimination in the workplace after returning from maternity leave and so this is an issue close to my heart.
Over at the Mummy Bubble, Vicky is venting about this too and argues that the real answer to wage inequality is flexible working. She feels that the traditional 9 to 5, bums on chairs approach is simply not feasible situation for most working Mothers.
Lucy at RealMumReview reminds us that we shouldn’t be so quick to take statistics at face value and ought to consider the social issues surrounding them. She asks is it likely that women are more likely to take a step back in their careers after having children? And if so, WHY is that and WHAT can we do about it?
Kelly at Bringing Up Georgia is discussing the unacceptable cost of childcare in the UK, an issue that many feel contributes to the pay gap. When returning to work after maternity leave, Mum’s are weighing up the fee’s versus their take-home pay and in many cases it just doesn’t add up.
Nyomi over at Nomipalony is looking at how the typical workplace patriarchal attitude is the problem. She argues that a mindset which favours men in higher positions is harming both sexes. Men are less likely to opt to stay at home or to be granted flexible and/or part time hours. This ends up denying them the option of a more balance life and in turn can leave women taking lesser hours or roles.
That’s all the ranting for this month folks, I’ll see you in May for some more frenzied fuming!