Could women do more to reduce pay inequality?

Date: 8 October 2019

Women working in an officeTwo-thirds of women believe they are contributing to the gender pay gap according to a new report.

Research conducted by DrivenWoman, a female-only empowerment platform and network, has found that that more than two-thirds of women believe they are contributing to the gender pay gap.

In the UK, a quarter of companies and public sector bodies have a pay gap of more than 20% in favour of men. The results of this new study show that the vast majority (98%) of women feel they themselves could be doing more to end pay inequality.

Over a third of women think that not believing in their own self-worth is preventing the pay gap from shrinking, and 45% think that not negotiating higher salaries contributes directly to pay inequality. In addition, 34% say not putting themselves forward for promotions is contributing to the gender pay gap.

Other key factors cited by the women polled include not proactively working to change corporate structures (21%), not taking action on their own ideas (23%) and not taking full responsibility for their personal growth (17%). One respondent described the pay gap as the "mother penalty" and another said women are being "too compliant by adhering to old subservient stereotypes".

Miisa Mink, founder of DrivenWoman, said: "It doesn't surprise me that women believe they contribute to the gender pay gap, because to a certain extent, we do. We are tolerating it. Women shouldn't sit there in a victim position, waiting for the world to change for them. We need to take control. At DrivenWoman, we want to empower women to take that control by providing them with the skills and support to do so."

Written by Rachel Miller.

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