The number of women in management positions in the private and public sector is increasing. But in general, things are changing slowly. The debate continues. The last word will not be had for a long time.
For and against positive discrimination for women
Opinions on the topic of positive discrimination differ greatly, and can depend on conditions such as previous experience and working environments. We’re reluctant to state a direct “for” or “against” opinion here, but would like to voice the need to further clarify the issues around this debate.
As ever, it’s important to have clear objectives. In the long term, the goal should be to even out gender proportions in the workplace, and look into the more subtle issues caused by this topic, as well. The compatibility of career and family, male-dominated management culture, and discrimination against other minority groups are all relevant here, as well as the hostility of specific professions to women and their role in society as a whole.
When women are empowered, everyone benefits
New career woman, working mother, school leaver or graduate: there are hundreds of paths your professional life can take, and it’s an exciting time to see where future developments will lead us. There are a few things that every woman should be aware of before starting working life:
- Positive discrimination is currently allowed where two candidates are considered to be of equal merit.
- Efforts are being made to make working life more hospitable for women academics and women in science, however it seems as though things still have a way to go.
- The UK is one of the most enlightened countries in terms of maternity leave, with up to 52 weeks allowed by law.
- It is the choice of every woman to decide if she wants career, family, both, none and in which proportions. No variant makes them a better person, nor should it be seen as an “incorrect” decision. Their decision is their right.
- There are few official studies on this subject. Some addresses that you should keep in mind would be the Women-on-board-index and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
- Good at maths, spatial awareness and logical thinking, but not sure yet whether you’ll go to university and what to study? There are many colourful, creative and varied new professions in the STEM area, and it is always worthwhile to inquire further. You can also find information from organisations such as WISE.
Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us in the social networks if you can think of any more important points.