Lords marks International Women's Day
07 March 2014
Members of the House of Lords debated the contribution of women to economic life in the UK and worldwide on Thursday 6 March, ahead of International Women's Day.
Members spoke of the progress of women's contribution but said there was much more to do to maximise their potential contribution to economic life.
Members raised the pay gap between men and women employees. Barriers for women to contribute to economic life were highlighted: promotion prospects at work, the impact of having children for women at work, childcare for working carers and violence against women. Members debated the issues that will help overcome these barriers, so that women can fully participate: providing more support for carers at work, better, more flexible, childcare, teaching girls at school about making ambitious career plans and tackling violence against women.
Responding on behalf of the government, Baroness Northover (Liberal Democrat), spokesperson for women and equalities, outlined some of the action government is taking: for example shared parental leave, support for working carers and women starting businesses, raising the tax threshold and putting girls and women at the heart of its international development strategy.
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