There is no way around it: Money is an important resource.
Ireland’s gender pay gap is an accumulation of social norms, employment law and family planning. All three have a significant influence on individuals in employment, and the roles and responsibilities of employers.
“What gets measured gets managed”, (V. F. Ridgway). For Ireland’s labour force, what proportion of those in managerial positions are women? The UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, gender empowerment, has two indicators for leadership in economic life, the first for team leadership/management overall, and the second for senior and middle management.
Approximately 16,000 information and communications firms employ 119,000 people in Ireland (CSO, 2019). And of course, many firms in other sectors also have IT operations staff supporting the business. After manufacturing, the ICT sector generates the highest value added.
This is a profitable and wealthy sector with huge international players such as Apple and Microsoft as well as many smaller firms. 15% of employees earned over €1,600 weekly in 2014 (CSO), the highest percentage of any sector (the dark green bars). This sector also has less people on lower wages than other sections such as accommodation and food services.(the grey bars).
343 million Europeans have a woman’s signature on their official currency, the Euro €. While Christine Lagarde, as President of the European Central Bank, may inspire us to get more comfortable talking about money, “61% of women would rather talk about their own death…..” Sallie Krawcheck.
#ChooseToChallenge – International Women’s Day 2021 How to support colleagues who are being silenced verbally at work.
Each of us is responsible for our own thoughts and actions. It may not be easy, but we can ‘choose to challenge’ conversational inequality. Prepare a phrase to avoid brain freeze when faced with conversational inequalities.
“Tell me what you want, what you really really want …“
The wonderful lyrics of the Spice Girls 1996 (yes, it’s that long ago) hit song. Sometimes knowing what we really want is a complex mix of work and life priorities, each challenging the other for pole position. And that’s just the items that are in our awareness.
SDG Target 5.5 states: “Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life”. Gendelity reviewed Ireland’s approach to SDG 5.5 at local government level.
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