Just over a month ago, Grazia launched one of our biggest - and most significant - campaigns to date: the Mind The Pay Gap campaign, which demands more transparency in pay and hopes to be a major step towards closing the pay gap for good. And this week, you helped us get the issue right on the political agenda, as the Deputy Prime Minister threw his weight behind the campaign.
Nick Clegg announced today that any future LibDem government will, as our petition calls for, make big firms publish details of what they pay male and female staff - helping to expose hidden unfairness. At Grazia we believe that if bosses had to publish an anonymised breakdown of what they pay male and female staff every year - a law which was passed in parliament a whopping four years ago but has not yet been brought into force - it would become obvious pretty fast who wasn’t playing fair. Which is why we're petitioning to change it.
‘Full credit to Grazia for putting the pay gap up in lights,’ Clegg told us. ‘Forty years after the Equal Pay Act was passed it’s a scandal that women are not being equally rewarded in the workplace - so let’s do something about it.’
Now Labour MPs and activists are voting to put the same pay transparency pledge in their election manifesto too. Shadow women’s minister Gloria de Piero said it meant ‘millions of women across the UK will be able to stand up and challenge equal pay’ adding: ‘Thanks to Grazia readers for pushing this issue to the top of the agenda!’
This leaves just David Cameron, his government and newly refreshed cabinet to get on board. Yet, even this week as he went to great lengths to improve his previously despicable female to male cabinet ratio in the reshuffle, it was an equal pay row that over-shadowed the move.
Less than three hours after it was announced that Tina Stowell would become the new leader of the House of Lords, Cameron was forced to use Tory funding to top up her salary - it emerged that she would be paid £22,147 less than her male predecessor, Jonathon Hill.
It’s examples just like Tina’s that show in full colour the very real need for the What I’m Worth campaign - and how important it is that everyone is on board. We need you to help us to continue to make change and take the steps that will make equal pay a thing of the past. So, sign our petition - it will take just one second, but it could make a huge difference to millions of women all over the country. Are you with us, Mr Cameron?