The Women’s Equality Party have launched a campaign urging women to go ‘out of office’, to mark Equal Pay Day.
Thousands of women across the country are setting out of office messages to protest the fact that they are effectively not being paid for the rest of the year.
Equal Pay Day marks the day that women will work for free because on average they earn less than men. The day is calculated using the mean full time gender pay gap, which currently stands at 14.1 per cent.
According to statistics, for every pound a man earns, a woman on average earns just 86p.
Equal Pay Day has not shifted in the calendar for the past three years, demonstrating the lack of progress there has been in closing the pay gap.
Speaking about the campaign, Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party said, “In recent weeks, we have started to see the scale of women’s inequality in the harassment scandal that has engulfed politics, media and entertainment.”
“This is down to an unequal balance power that is both cause and effect of the pay gap.”
“One of the most effective ways to end violence against women and girls is to level the playing field economically.”
“It’s time to stop seeing economic discrimination as somehow separate from these deep societal problems.”
She continued, “Our gender pay gap is another national scandal that is not well understood.”
“WE must combat the idea that women are somehow choosing to earn less.”
“The facts are that our childcare is the most expensive in the world, and forces women into unpaid care work and away from paid work.”
“Sectors where women do work are underpaid and undervalued.”
“And across every business women are less likely to be promoted.”
The Out of Office campaign will see women sharing an awareness-raising message as their email default. Women will also share their messages on social media using the #OutOfOffice hashtag with a humorous video to highlight the gap.