Although progress is moving in the right direction it still seems slow. We can all do a little or a lot to encourage and inform those who are yet to ‘see it’ or who actively take part in sexist behaviour. Just over 100 years ago, Women in Britain were first guaranteed the right to vote. Although this seems like a long time ago women still struggle to make the changes and progress needed to gain equality.
Unfortunately, the UK fell 6 places from 15th to 21st in the global rankings for gender equality 2019. Not the direction we hope for despite the UK Government pledging to take action - UK GOV Gender Equality Road Map. Dr Jill Miller, diversity and inclusion adviser at the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development), said in a People Management article the UK was making progress on gender equality, but that this report showed the pace of change was “far too slow”. “The thought that future generations will still be having the same dialogue as we’re having now is unacceptable,” she said, calling on employers to get serious about making long and short-term change to tackle gender inequalities and to start using the “happy to talk flexible working” tagline in their recruitment.
However, there has been an important shift in attitude, what was once widely accepted is not acceptable in 2020. The dinosaurs are slowly becoming extinct or at least becoming the minority! We also see progress in organisations where diversity, inclusion and equality are valued.