02 Aug Traditionally women are known as society’s carers and nurturers – so is it about time we started to care for and nurture ourselves a little bit more?
I ask because when I read, yet again in today’s papers, about the wage gap between men and women, I wondered what are ‘we’ going to do to get this imbalance addressed? How are ‘we’ going to pursue this difference now?
From the 1970s onwards laws have been introduced, Equal Pay Act 1970, Sex Discrimination Act 1975, regulations too, there are Investors in People awards and best companies to work for indexes, which leads me to think the next shift in pay and equality is resting on what ‘we’ do next. If there is an imbalance to address is it not for us to do?
The headline figures I’m talking about :
Women make up just 25% of higher rate tax payers.
There is a pay gap of 24% in annual full time salaries between men and women meaning that over a working lifetime women are likely to earn £300,000 less than men.
I say it is up to us, because I think if it was our husband or child that was in some way being unfairly treated, we’d be fighting like a lionesses to ensure the fairness of the situation, but we don’t seem to have the same fight for ourselves? Perhaps it’s time we did.
I heard some interesting facts a few years ago:
If a male partner in a relationship was going to set up a business how much help per week would his female partner give him? Answer about 10 hours.
Reverse this –
If a female partner in a relationship was going to set up a business how much help per week would her male partner give her? Answer about 35mins
A stark difference, but perhaps therein lies part of the solution. We need to spend that 9hrs 25 mins on ourselves – or spend it working together to address this situation.
But here’s another dilemma we have – if we do take this time to look after ourselves rather than those around us are we prepared for the shifts in the relationships? Will we be able deal with the dynamic change and can we make sure it’s for the better?
I believe in choice – and for some of us it will be worth spending that extra time on ourselves, for those who would sooner not, that’s good too, but perhaps it’s time that those who you are supporting know how much you’re doing for them.
Nothing like a timely reminder of the time you’re giving to them!