Minister for Women & Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, has set out plans to empower UK women, with the publication of her gender equality roadmap.
The publication, ‘Gender equality at all stages: A roadmap for change‘, sets out plans to financially empower women from school to retirement.
Despite generally doing better in education, women are more than three times more likely to work part time – with less chance of seeing their wages grow, tend to work in lower paid industries and jobs, and have lower private pensions wealth.
The measures outlined include a review of enforcement of equal pay legislation and improved information for parents around family friendly entitlements.
Speaking about the announcement, Mordaunt said, “I want everyone in our country to be able to thrive in life.”
“That means being able to be in control of the choices you make and have the opportunities you have to seize.”
“We must be honest that many women do not have those choices or opportunities, and as a consequence are not able to be as financially resilient or independent.”
“This inequality is faced at every stage of a woman’s life – from how she is treated in the classroom, to the caring roles she often takes on, and the lack of savings or pension she accumulates.”
“This road map is intended to define and guide how we tackle the barriers women face as they journey through life.”
“I’m confident today’s announcement will be the first step in a long-term commitment by this government to empower everyone in this country, helping them truly reach their full potential, from birth to retirement.”
Chartered Management Institute CEO Ann Francke, added, “Gender inequality is a complex issue with many causes rooted throughout education, society, culture and the workplace.”
“The Government’s Gender Equality Roadmap acknowledges this; and breaks down the problem into its many component parts, aiming to offer practical solutions and success measures for each.”
“It’s ambitious, comprehensive and collaborative.”
“Well-executed it is a potential game changer and an excellent source of practical insight, policies and advice to help all UK organisations go further, faster to achieve gender balance.”