Gender diversity on FTSE 100 boards may be worse than thought, according to new study

Attempts to improve gender diversity on the boards of FTSE 100 firms are stalling and female representation may be worse than thought, according to new research. A study into the boardroom appointments of FTSE 100 companies between 2006 and 2016 by data consultancy Beyond Analysis suggests that women assumed less than a quarter of key board appointments over the decade. Beyond … Read More

Role model Jane up for national diversity award

A KNUTSFORD resident and social enterprise founder has been shortlisted for a National Diversity Award in the positive role model for gender category. Jane Kenyon, who founded Girls Out Loud in 2010, has made the list after 22,000 nominees were considered. Girls Out Loud aims to raise the confidence and aspirations and teenage girls in the north west and north … Read More

How St Paul’s Girls’ School is Embracing Gender Fluidity

A well-known London girls’ school has introduced new measures that allow pupils to define their own gender identity. St Paul’s Girls’ School, whose alumni include MP Harriet Harman andVogue ‘s departing editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, says it “takes a neutral stance, neither encouraging nor discouraging” a student’s decision to identify either as a boy or gender-neutral. “We consulted the pupils to … Read More

Closing gender pay gap may take a generation says PwC

Women in the UK may have to wait another generation before finally seeing the gender pay gap close, boosting female earnings by around £85bn a year or an average £6,100 per working woman. Published on 21 February, the annual PwC’s Women in Work Index finds that despite progress made in increasing female participation in the workforce and a narrowing of … Read More

UK boards stall in recruitment of female directors

Survey finds hires fall for first time as Britain lags behind Europe The rate at which women are being promoted to the boards of the UK’s largest companies has slowed for the first time. Women made up 29 per cent of hires to UK boards last year, down from 32.1 per cent in 2014 and 31.6 per cent in 2012. … Read More

MI 6 chief on why gender diversity is a matter of national urgency

MI 6 Chief Sir Alex Younger believes Britain’s got tech talent, and attracting the best and brightest means levelling the playing field for women in technology. Here’s why. “My message is a simple one: we need the best talent from the widest range of backgrounds to counter the threats facing this country and to seize the opportunities presented by modern … Read More

Gender pay gap starts early with 20% disparity in pocket money – study

Girls aged five to 16 receive £2.20 less per week than boys and are allowed less financial independence, report shows The gender pay gap by which women earn significantly less than men during their careers begins early in childhood with boys receiving 20% more pocket money than girls, according to a report. Not only do girls receive less money, they … Read More

The cost of being a visible role model

“It is time to stop being humble and to start telling your story” –     Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-Founder, Black British Business Awards I recently re-read Melanie Eusebe’s inspiring article, ‘The disconnect : it’s time to stop being humble’ having not read it since it was initially published in 2014. When I first read the article just over 2 years ago, … Read More

Gender pay gap down to 5% among UK workers in their 20s, study finds

But Resolution Foundation says women will still earn significantly less during their careers as the gap widens after age 30 Women in their 20s have seen the pay gap halve to 5%, but just as in previous generations the discrepancy compared with men’s earnings widens when they hit 30 and start a family. In a report highlighting the challenge facing … Read More

Childline Reports Record Number Of Counselling Sessions About Trans And Gender Issues

The number of child counselling sessions about transgender issues and genderdysphoria offered by a national charity has reached a record level in the past year. Kids as young as 11 have told counsellors they were unhappy with their assigned birth gender or felt their biological sex didn’t match their gender. In 2015/16, the NSPCC’s helpline held 2,796 counselling sessions – an average … Read More