Gender equality: Will it take another 100 years?

Thursday 1 February 2018

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was among the speakers at a Young Women’s Trust event last night, held to mark 100 years since the first British women were given the right to vote. 

The event at City Hall was organised to reflect on what has been achieved in the last 100 years and to agree priorities for action to bring about political, economic and social equality for women. 

A panel discussion chaired by journalist Rosamund Urwin explored whether gender equality will take another 100 years, with contributions from London Assembly member Fiona Twycross who hosted the event for YWT, former Government Minister and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, the first ever women to be London Fire Brigade Commissioner, Dany Cotton, former Young Women’s Trust Advisory Panel member Shanae Dennis and General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Frances O’Grady. 

Guests were also asked to share their ‘one big idea’ for achieving gender equality which will feed into a report Young Women’s Trust will be publishing for International Women’s Day. We also launched #Howfar100 which we will be using to ask people to use when contributing their ideas through social media for bringing about equality for women. 

Speaking at the event, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: 

“2018 marks 100 years since the first British women won the right to vote - but true gender equality is still a long way off. Young Women’s Trust does incredible work helping young girls from poorer backgrounds to get on in life and reach their potential.” 

Carole Easton, Chief Executive of Young Women’s Trust said: 

“100 years on from when the first women got the vote, we must not settle for anything less than making a equality a reality for all. This means shining a spotlight on the continued inequalities that women still face and an unwavering commitment to not accepting these are an inevitable fact of life. These inequalities are quite literally man-made, and 2018 must mark a turning point in gender equality if we are not to let down future generations. That means listening to women’s experiences of discrimination and taking them seriously, holding employers to account for discriminatory practices and the extension of policies to ensure that women’s careers are no longer held back because of caring responsibilities.”

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