Gender inequality has been an issue in the UK for years, but was brought to the attention of lawmakers originally in 1946. A report was published by three of the female members of the Royal Commission on Equal pay, demonstrating with facts the differences between wages paid to men versus women. In spite of bringing this information to the government 70 years ago, little to no action has been done to correct the problem, causing the issue of gender inequality to become more severe as the years go by.
Lack of Change
The biggest problem with the differences in wage between men and women is the lack of attention to the issue in the decades since the issue was brought to the attention of the public. The World Economic Forum performed a study in 2006, demonstrating the gap in pay around the world. At the time of the survey, the UK ranked the 9th least dramatic difference in pay between the genders. Since the 2006 study, the UK has fallen to the 26th least dramatic difference. While other countries are modifying their laws to help bridge the gap between the income of the two genders, the UK hasn’t changed their stance.
The WWE study also ranked country’s equality among educating the two genders. The UK’s ranking in 2006 was originally the top of the chart, but that position in recent years has gone down to the 32nd place in the world. By preventing women from attaining the same level of education as men, the UK is directly preventing women from getting the education they need to be able to get the jobs that would pay more, which effectively nullifies the argument that women are not interested in higher paying specialties.
With a lack of the education needed to pursue a career in politics, the UK is intentionally making political positions into a men’s only field. The UK used to rank 12th on the scale for political empowerment and involvement, but they have fallen down the 33rd position in the ten years since the study was performed. If women want to have any kind of voice in the political world, it is essential that they are given the education and opportunity to pursue that type of career. In the last 100 years, women have gone from making up none of the House of Parliament, to making up barely a quarter of the politicians involved. While this change is positive, change still needs to happen to reconcile the difference.
Time to Change
If women have any hope of making a difference, the opportunities for women have to become available. With the right adjustments in education and job opportunities, gender inequality could be reconciled. If the process is not sped up, it could be another 80 years before the gap ends.