A report from the Fawcett Society says the UK is “generations away” from achieving gender equality as women remain seriously underrepresented in top jobs across society.
The pace of change at the top of the UK’s main sectors is “dismally slow”, according to the Fawcett Society’s 2020 Sex and Power Index.
The Society looks at key sectors and finds, for instance, that only 17% of Supreme Court justices are women and that women make up just over one in 20 CEOs of FTSE 100 companies, unchanged since its last report in 2018. In the Supreme Court there is no justice who is a person of colour and there is no woman of colour who is CEO of a FTSE 100 company.
Other findings show improvements in areas such as politics, but overall little or no movement:
Sam Smethers, Fawcett Chief Executive, says: “Male dominance of positions of power remains strong as this 2020 Sex and Power Index shows. If we want change, we have to make it happen. That means quotas, targets and policy interventions to remove the barriers to women’s progression.
“Our research also shows the alarming lack of women of colour in the top tiers of many sectors. Fawcett’s new project with the Runnymede Trust on the pay and progression of women of colour will shine a spotlight on the specific challenges and barriers they face in the workplace. “