WOMEN earn 13.7 per cent less than men on average so they effectively start working for free on November 10. Here's what you need to know about Equal Pay Day. When is Equal Pay Day 2018 and what does it mean? Equal Pay Day is essentially when women work "for free" until the end of the year. This symbolic day is dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap. This year, Equal Pay Day in the UK falls on November 10. The 13.7 per cent figure is calculated by the Fawcett Society using ONS gender pay gap statistics. Earlier this year, gender pay gap reporting regulations meant that companies with more than 250 employees had to publish figures showing any differences in pay between men and women. Of those that published data, 78 per cent pay men more than women, 13 per cent pay women more and 8 per cent said they had no gender pay gap. The Fawcett Society is trying to encourage UK workers to talk more openly about their salaries, in a bid to bring an end to pay inequality. Sam … [Read more...] about When is Equal Pay Day 2018, what does it mean and why are women setting their Out of Office up?
News / UK and world by Press Association November 9, 2018, 4:17 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Women across the UK have been using social media to raise awareness of the gender pay gap for Equal Pay Day. The day is observed each year based on the current gender pay gap, 17.9% in the UK, after which women are said to work “for free” until the end of the year. The hashtag #EqualPayDay was trending across the country as campaigners and sympathisers voiced their concerns. Carrie Gracie, who resigned from her role as the BBC’s China editor in 2017 in protest at how her pay compared to men in similar roles, tweeted: “How can you #getequal if you don’t know how your pay compares?” Green MP Caroline Lucas pointed to research by gender equality charity the Fawcett Society, writing on Twitter: “Research… shows one third of workers don’t know it is illegal to pay men and women … [Read more...] about Women are taking to social media to raise awareness of Equal Pay Day
By Luz Urrutia | PUBLISHED: November 9, 2018 at 6:45 am | UPDATED: November 9, 2018 at 6:47 am Thirty-three years ago, I couldn’t get a credit card despite working for the very bank that declined my credit card application. As an immigrant and a recent graduate, I didn’t have a credit history. It felt like a Catch-22. How could I get credit if I didn’t have credit? I have never forgotten that experience. As a woman and an entrepreneur, I know all too well how often women hear “no” when seeking financing for their businesses. Just 30 years ago, a woman couldn’t get a loan for her own business without a male relative co-signing. But in 1988, we stood up as a nation and said a woman could get a loan without her husband, her brother or her father co-signing for it. October marked the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Women’s Business Ownership Act that ended that practice. In the intervening decades, we’ve made great strides in … [Read more...] about Opinion: Women entrepreneurs still can’t access financing
Paulina Firozi, The Washington Post Published 6:03 am PST, Friday, November 9, 2018 WASHINGTON -The Trump administration announced a pair of federal rules this week that carve out deep exceptions for some employers to the Affordable Care Act's mandate that birth-control be covered by insurance. It's a move that sets the stage for further legal action from state attorneys general and women's health advocates who already sued the administration when the initial draft rules were announced last year. The finalized rules allow religious groups, nonprofits and small businesses to seek exemption from the federal requirement saying they must provide birth control for employees at no cost. One of the rules allows for religious objections to coverage, while the other allows for nonreligious moral objections, the Washington Post reported. The finalized versions don't allow publicly traded companies and governments to claim these exemptions. The rules drew praise from conservative … [Read more...] about The Health 202: Women’s rights advocates vow to fight new birth-control rules
Women who smoke, have diabetes or high blood pressure increase their risk of a heart attack more than men faced with the same risks, a large study of UK adults has found. The researchers, writing in the BMJ, said women should receive the same treatments as men and be offered support to stop smoking. Doctors should also be better at spotting female patients at risk. Men are still three times more likely than women to have a heart attack. Over seven years, 5,081 people had their first heart attack and one in three of them were women. Although the risk of having a heart attack is lower in women than in men of all ages, certain risk factors appeared to have a greater impact on women. Women who smoked were three times more likely to have a heart attack than women who did not smoke - but in men, smoking only doubled their risk. High blood pressure increased a woman's risk by an extra 83% relative to its effect in a man. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes both had a greater impact on the heart attack … [Read more...] about Smoking, diabetes increase heart attack risk more in women