‘Everyday Sexism’ Founder Laura Bates Talks Paid Family Leave, Women In Leadership & Sexual Assault
‘Everyday Sexism’ Founder Laura Bates Talks Paid Family Leave, Women In Leadership & Sexual Assault.
The first aspect she talks about is having more women in leadership positions, not just as mere symbolism, but to enact meaningful change.
She says we also need to see an increased number of women in political leadership positions in general.
There are more men in parliament right now than there have ever been female politicians.
Women make up a mere 5% of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
The “pipeline” issue she mentions is key, here, because that idea of a woman in a position of power or leadership has to start at a young age.
She identifies certain recurring barriers which prevent better paid leave policies from becoming a turning point in our society.
Another issue she wants to see more action on is sexual assault on college campuses, and points to the way the US has started to deal with this, thanks to people like President Obama being willing to make this part of his agenda for a better America.
In the UK we’re still at the point of pointing to the US and saying look at the problem they have over there,” she said.
Although she talks mostly in relation to policies she hopes to see implemented in the UK, these are issues that affect women and families across the world.