Today is International Women’s Day
Over the last twelve months, global conversation around the notion of gender equality, particularly within a business setting, has significantly increased.
New gender pay gap legislation has lifted the lid on the fact that, on a societal level, women are regularly paid less than men. Over 77% of companies that released pay figures last year, reported that they pay women less than men (based on the median hourly pay).
This is one of the reasons why this year’s International Women’s Day is focusing on building a more gender-balanced world.
This year’s theme
In 2019, the annual International Women’s Day campaign theme is #Balanceforbetter.
It’s designed to raise awareness of why it’s so important to have gender equality throughout all aspects of business, from the ‘shop floor’ through to the boardroom.
The campaign clearly states that:
“Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue.”
This is something that we wholeheartedly agree with, and we’re keen to explain why.
Celebrating our female talent on International Women’s Day
Last year, we proudly spoke of how we are bucking the trend when it comes to gender equality within the legal sector.
Traditionally, law has been heavily male-dominated, so we’ve worked hard to redress the balance locally and have developed a great reputation for our female-friendly approach.
With flexible working policies, a strong focus on work-life balance and non-traditional working patterns (such as job shares and remote working), we’ve been able to attract some incredibly talented women to join our team.
We do what we can to help women return to work in a way that suits them following maternity leave, and this approach has paid off.
Gender equality in the community
Our belief in gender equality is not just restricted to our employment practices; we believe that as a business we have a responsibility to accelerate gender balance within our community.
One example of this is our sponsorship of the Newmarket Ladies Football Club. The opportunity to promote grass roots football among young girls and women is hugely inspiring, and it’s great to see young girls develop confidence in a predominantly male game.