Response to Carrie Gracie’s resignation

Monday 8 January 2018

YWTCommenting on the resignation of Carrie Gracie over unequal pay, Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said: 

“It is sad that it takes a high-profile woman resigning before any action is taken. Carrie Gracie was right to point out that many of the women affected by unequal pay are those on low pay, who may find it harder to speak out for fear of losing their job. She is right too that black and ethnic minority women - and disabled women - face bigger pay gaps. 

“We need urgent action to tackle unequal pay. Organisations that identify a gender pay gap should be required to put in place plans to close them. 

“We also need to support more women into better-paid, male-dominated sectors like engineering and construction and tackle low pay in women-dominated sectors. Without action, today’s young women face a lifetime of unequal pay.” 

ENDS 

Notes to editor:  

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. Carrie Gracie resigned as the BBC’s China Editor on 7 January 2018. Her full letter can be found here.
  3. Gracie claims to have been paid less than male colleagues for the same role, which is illegal. The unequal pay Gracie describes is slightly different to the gender pay gap, which reflects the fact that women get paid less partly due to doing different types of jobs, in lower-paid sectors.
  4. For more information, please contact Bex Bailey at bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org or on 07963018281. 

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