Karren Brady: 'Childcare is biggest barrier to women in workplace'

Official figures show just 19 per cent of FTSE 100 board-level executives are
women, and on average, women are paid around 15 per cent less than men doing
the same jobs.

Typically, women in their 20s earn more than men, with women in their 40s
experiencing the worst pay gap.

Mr Osborne, who agreed there was “still a long way to go” to achieve equality,
said “simple things” would help create a cultural shift, rather than
government intervention.

He revealed that his 10
year-old daughter Liberty was furious with him about the lack of women on
, before it was decided that Jane Austen would
appear on the £10 note.

Chancellor George Osborne with his two children Luke and Liberty Photo: Allan

“My 10-year-old berated me for a couple of months about why the Bank of
England was not going to put a woman
on the banknotes

“I had a difficult conversation with her, trying to explain why it wasn’t
really my choice.

“But thankfully Mark Carney [the governor of the Bank of England] has now put
a woman on the banknote in the form of Jane Austen, and I think those things

“They might be small things, but they send powerful symbols to my 10 year-old
daughter and many, many others.”

Mr Osborne also spoke of Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg –
“not everyone’s cup of tea” – whose book encourages women to “lean in” to
get a seat at the business table, or risk being passed over for promotion.

There is a “silent, societal discrimination” over the way women can be treated
at work and in their personal lives, Mr Osborne said.

This can lead to a lack of confidence; the number of men asking for a pay rise
is double that of women, a recent YouGov study showed.

The Bank of England’s ‘concept image’ for the new £10 note. Photo: Bank of

Ms Brady, one of Britain’s most powerful businesswomen, said: “We have to take
some personal responsibility of the messages we give to women in the
workplace, that we give to our daughters.

“I’ve spent my whole career trying to find that balance between my home life
and my work life, and I’ve spent my whole life going [between] board
meeting, nativity play, board meeting, sports day.

“Most career women begin to understand you
have your two personalities,
your home personality and your work
personality – the absolute trick is not to allow one of those to drain the
life out of the other.”

But, she warned: “I wonder how we’re going to change things, because I don’t
think in my generation we’ll get to that 50 per cent mark, as much as we
might try.”

the Culture Secretary and women’s minister, urged businesses
to sign a government pledge to tackle the gender pay gap.

“Everyone accepts the economic case and we have reached a point where there
can be no more excuses,” she said. “It is simply not right that women’s
skills are being overlooked.”

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