Is Gender Equality in the Workplace tottering backwards?

Britain has one of the worst records on gender equality at work, according to a new report that highlighted the high pay gap for working mothers. … Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist of Glassdoor Economic Research, which compiled the report, said: “In the UK there are fewer women than men in the workplace. May 17, 2016

How depressing is that?  We have come so far in terms of equality in the workplace, but it would seem that there is still much to do and it is not just the pay gap issue.  When will common sence prevail?

When temporary receptionist, Nicola Thorp, was sent home from work because she wasn’t wearing high heels, it highlighted another sexist area in the workplace.  Nicola arrived at the accountancy firm PwC wearing flats for a nine-hour shift and was told to go home without pay unless she went out and bought heels that were between two and four inches high.

Blatant discrimination in the workplace.  Men should try teetering around the office in high heels all day.  It wouldn’t take them long to feel the pain.

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Comfy? They look lovely on you, but why are you sitting down?

I used to play either tennis or hockey everyday of the week,  so wearing high heels for me has always been an uncomfortable challenge, but women have an innate ability to dress sensibly for the day ahead and still look smart.  Flat and comfortable shoes are the only option when you are going to be on your feet for much of the day.

Around the time PwC imposed their high-handed sexist dress code on Nicola, these bloodied feet of a waitress having just finished her shift started doing the rounds on social media.  You will never see a pair of men’s feet in this sorry state.

I often feel that the male of the species has a tendency to forget just how important a woman’s role is in this world and not only in the workplace.  If it wasn’t for us, the female of the species … they wouldn’t be here at all.

NHS advice on wearing high heels … taken from their website

“Always wear footwear that’s appropriate for your environment and day-to-day activities.

“Wearing high heels when you go out in the evening is unlikely to be harmful. However, wearing them all week at work may damage your feet, particularly if your job involves a lot of walking or standing.

“Ideally, you should wear shoes with laces and a low to moderate heel that supports and cushions your arches and heels. Avoid wearing shoes without heels.”

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