In the run up to the London Mayoral elections, Fawcett, the UK’s leading campaign for equality between women and men has been taking a look at equality in the Capital.
The findings of the ‘What About Women in London’ study make me sad, though I’m not altogether surprised by them. But most of all, they makes me want to take action to put us London women and mothers up where we belong. Cue Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes with a rousing Officer and A Gentleman rendition…
As I am a bit of a one for banging on about how society doesn’t value or support mothers as well as it could – check out A Mother’s Work Meme and Uk Mums Undervalued and Over Scrutinised to see me in full rant-mode – I want to highlight the stats of ‘What About Women in London’ that relate to working women and mothers:
Mind The Pay Gap:
Women in London experience a pay gap of almost 23 per cent – some fifty per cent higher than the national average of less than 15 per cent. This means that for every £100 men take home, women will take home an average £77
Childcare costs in London are typically a third higher than the national average
With these two glistening statistics, is it any wonder that Fawcett also established this disappointing fact?:
The Mother Of All Equality Scandals:
London has the lowest level of maternal employment in the country – just over half of London mothers with dependent children work, compared to almost two thirds across the UK.
Ceri Goddard, Fawcett’s Chief Executive, comments:
“London is not keeping pace with the rest of the country when it comes to equality between women and men. Women in London are more likely to live in poverty, experience a wider pay gap, and are less likely to work once they have children.
“Combining work and family life is much harder in London than in other parts of the country – there is a dearth of flexible working opportunities, and childcare costs are a third higher than the national average.
“Far from getting better, our analysis suggests the gap between women and men in London is set to widen. The toxic combination of rising women’s unemployment, cuts to welfare and the ever increasing cost of living in the capital city means that women in London face a bleak future.
“If things are going to change, it is critical that those in positions of influence start considering women as integral to their plans.”
Take a look at the full Fawcett ‘What About Women In London’ report and read Fawcett’s plans to defend and progress equality for the four million women living in London by joining with the LSE to invite all the leading Mayoral candidates to take part in the ‘What About Women’ pre-election hustings.
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