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Equality Check is helping to close the economic gender gap – here’s how

A 2012 study found that, when given identical applications from men and women, universities’ science departments were more likely to rate male candidates as being better qualified

In 2017, the World Economic Forum made an alarming announcement: at the current rate of progress, women around the world will have to wait 217 years to achieve gender equality in the workplace. In fact, that number had slid backwards, reverting to where it stood in 2008.

Across Europe, the issue of gender inequality in the workplace is well understood. Research continually points to a lack of women at the executive level and emphasises the value of employing more women in senior positions. McKinsey & Company’s 2018 Delivering Through Diversity report, for instance, found that companies with the strongest rates of gender diversity on their executive teams were 21 percent more likely to outperform on profitability and 27 percent more likely to have stronger value creation.

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Yet progress towards gender parity has been slow. McKinsey’s Women Matter 2016: Reinventing the Workplace to Unlock the Potential of Gender Diversity report found that, of the companies in its sample implementing diversity measures, just 24 percent employed more than 20 percent of women in top positions. “In many places, it’s still a lot of talk and not enough action,” Marie Sunde, co-founder and CEO of Equality Check, a community-led employee review platform that rates equality within organisations, told European CEO.

She’s got this
In September 2014, actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson announced a new campaign to bring more men into the fight for gender equality: HeForShe. In her speech, Watson admitted she worried about being unqualified to speak about gender inequality: “In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt I’ve told myself firmly, ‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’ If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you, I hope those words might be helpful.”  […]

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