As of yesterday women are effectively working for free until Christmas. 

IMG_0523I’m a little bit bored of all the extreme feminist views. However, what did disappoint me were the headlines from the Equal Pay Day statistics which alleged that the average gap between the hourly pay of men and women is 14.2%, which effectively means that women on average are working for free until Christmas.

I know that I am lucky enough to be surrounded by people that see me as their equal, maybe that’s why my view is perhaps a little bit distorted to that of others who aren’t as fortunate as I am.

I come from a family of three children, all girls. My parents are the type to do everything within their power to make us aspire to the best version of ourselves. I particularly remember my mum telling me to research Aung San Suu Kyi. As a little girl she was my super hero. We never stopped there though, I also remember thinking that Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer, was amazing – I wanted to do what he had done.

The thought never occurred in my mind, that being born a girl was ever a disadvantage. One of the only times I stopped to question this, was whilst having a conversation with a barrister. We spoke very candidly and she said to me, that if I wanted to be a barrister and if I wanted to have a child that it would be more practical to either have a child very early or later on in my career, once I had established myself. I thought to myself, surely, if I was a boy on a work experience, no one would even mention this issue. Of course family planning is important for either gender. Of course it doesn’t have to be an issue. But, the fact that it was mentioned suggested to me that even if you have a well-oiled team like she does, pregnancy and having a child can still be a problem for a working mother in 2015.

To be completely honest, I have no conclusion or no answer of how to fix gender inequality. The only thing I do know, is that I am grateful that my sisters and I are privileged enough to be told to set our own limits on our own terms.

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