We love the tongue in cheek swipe at the gender pay gap in this video of Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks. Showing off her antiquated secretarial skills in a modern office, she demonstrates how far technology and working practices have come since the 1960s. The rub is how women’s wages have stagnated over the same time period.
The latest figures suggest the average full-time pay gap between UK men and women is at its narrowest, 9.4% since comparative records began in 1997 (17.4%). Minister for Women and Equalities and Business, Jo Swinson, said in The Independent: “It’s great the gender pay gap has reduced. We have extended the right to request flexible working and are introducing shared parental leave and tax free childcare from this year!’
However, as the UK fell in global equality stakes last year, we cannot be complacent. The announcement of a less elevated gap is good news but still not equal. Pass on the video to a friend- you know we still have work to do!