While the truths revealed in this report may come as a shock to the government and society at large, most women have known about and been living with these facts all of their lives and know that discrimination in employment is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the discrimination and downright misogeny we are facing because of our sex. The one thing that is damning about this report is the fact that despite equality legislation and so-called equal opportunites in this country, society does not seem to have changed, especially for women, the disabled and ethnic minorities. And if you happen to belong to all of these categories and are a disabled woman of colour with a young child then what chance do you have of fair treatment in society. Unbelievably there are some people, mostly men, who think that women have never had it better and that feminism belongs to the past, well, hopefully this report will highlight for them the truth about sexism and awaken within them the flames of feminism.
Economic Inequalities - The Facts
- Women receive on average just 54 pence for every £1 of income received by men.
- The average man in a pensioner couple receives £261 a week - the average woman £119.
- Women in full-time employment spend nearly 30% more time on childcare than men in full-time employment.
- Benefits make up 21% of the average woman's income and just 8% of the average man's income.