The feminist powerhouses backing Stylist's #EqualPayDay initiative

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On Equal Pay Day (10 November), the women of Stylist are leaving work at 3:34pm to raise awareness of the gender pay gap.

On Thursday 10 November, the average full-time female employee stops earning for the year compared to the average full-time man. The pay gap for part-time workers and black, Asian and minority ethnic women is even higher. Stylist is taking a stance. Our parent company Shortlist Media is giving all female employees the option of leaving 18% early in recognition of the UK’s 18.1%* pay gap for full- and part-time women combined.

And we are calling on women across the UK to join us.

Here, four feminist powerhouses explain why they’re backing our campaign...

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “I have vowed to be a proud feminist at City Hall, and I am determined to make the Greater London Authority a model employer that removes any barriers to women by adopting the highest possible standards for fair pay, good working conditions and gender equality.

“That’s why I have published the first ever full gender pay audit for City Hall - with audits for TfL, the Met Police and London Fire Brigade to follow -  and putting in place plans to narrow the pay gap and boost the number of women in senior roles.

“I want to do all I can to ensure women have the same opportunities as men in London so that their hard work and talent is fully and fairly recognised by employers. It is unacceptable that in London, one of the world’s greatest and most progressive cities, someone’s pay and career prospects can still be defined by their gender and I welcome Stylist magazine’s work to raise awareness of this important issue.”

He’s not the only person to speak out in support of our campaign; we also have the backing of some of the biggest names striving for equality in the UK.

Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust, told us: “It's a scandal that there is still a gender pay gap in the 21st century. I'm delighted to be leading The Equality Trust in our work on tackling inequality and what better way to do it than to support Stylist’s campaign this Equal Pay Day.

“While we already have a very strong equalities ethos, female members of my team will be finishing work at 3.34pm on Thursday to help raise awareness of this crucial issue. Flexible working, time off to care for dependents and equal pay are the basics of any good workplace, and I'm delighted support Stylist’s #equalpayday activity to encourage others to embrace equality for all.”

And Jemima Olchawski, head of policy and insight at The Fawcett Society, added: “It’s fantastic to see Stylist raising awareness of this issue and creating a way for companies to show that they really value what women do. We need employers to move to flexible working by default, conducting full pay audits and we need to do more to get men involved in the paid and unpaid caring roles that too often are still seen as “women’s work”.

“Women play a vital part in our economy, and yet so often the work they do – in the workplace and at home – is undervalued. The pay gap is the gap between what women are really worth and what they are actually paid. At the current rate of progress it will take over 50 years to close the gender pay gap – none of us can afford to wait that long. So we’d encourage employers to get behind Stylist’s #equalpayday activity on 10 November, to raise awareness, and show appreciation for women in the workforce.” 

Meanwhile Marylyn Haines Evans, NFWI Public Affairs Chair of The Women’s Institutesaid: “WI members have been campaigning for equal pay for women since 1943 so whilst we continue to repeat our calls for parity, we are proud to stand with Stylist as they continue to demand equal pay for equal work now.”

If you would like to join us as we campaign for change on #EqualPayDay, then please visit our campaign page here. Here, you will find our logos and assets – as well as a template to use for your Out of Office inbox.

Most importantly, make sure you tell us what you’re doing after 3.34pm, and the company you work for @StylistMagazine using #equalpayday. Together, we can work towards closing the gender pay gap, once and for all.