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Women's Pay Equity Time Line



HR Ringleader, via Trish McFarlane recently published one of my articles Betting on Gender Pay Equality which focused on the realisation that if you used historical actions to predict the future then it could be more than 100 years before pay equality between men and women is achieved.  In doing the research for the paper, inspired by seeing the moving Suffragettes, I really got a sense of how much has changed, but how much more needed to change.  I created a timeline of historical events and then overlayed that with the dates of when exceptional women were born - and what they would have had to go through to get to where they are at today. So if you found the article interesting you might like to see the timeline - so you can also realise the level of progress (or lack thereof).

Year

Event

1893

NZ Gants women the right to vote

1918

UK granted the right for women over 30 and with property to vote

1920

 USA granted women the right to vote

1920

First female students accepted in Peking University – a first for China

1947

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton was born, one child

1948

Japan grants women the right to vote

1950

China allows women equal rights on property and inheritance

1954

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is born (East Germany)

1955

CEO of Pepsi Co is born Indra Nooyi (India)

1956

CEO of HP Meg Whitman is born (USA)

1957

CEO of IBM Ginni Rometty is born (USA)

1961

CEO of GM Mary Barra is born (USA)

1963

USA passes equal pay for equal work – but not for all roles, additions made up to 1972

1965

French married women gain the right to work without having to get their husband’s permission

1968

USA and the UK it became illegal to specify gender in recruitment ads.

1969

CEO and Founder of Bobbie Brown is born (USA)

1970

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg is born (USA)

1970

UK passes the equal pay act

1971

Switzerland grants women the right to vote

1972

The USA House and Senate pass the Equal Rights Amendment but it was never added to the constitution as not enough states approved.

1974

USA passes the Equal Credit Opportunity Act before this act banks required single, widowed or divorced women to have a man co-sign for a loan irrespective of their financial worth.

1975

USA Supreme Court rules that States must allow female jurors

1975

UK passes the Sex Discrimination Act

1975

CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer was born (USA)

1981

USA Supreme Court overturns the law that a husband is “head and master of women’s property”

1990

UK independent taxation instituted, married women’s income is to be taxed separately

1991

UK makes marital rape illegal, in 1994 USA passes similar type of law, 1987 Germany and in 2006 India

1995

Walmart removed T-shirts from its shelves that say “Someday a Women will be President” as they were deemed anti-family

2008

Norway requires that 40% of their company boards are female

2015

Japan creates guidelines on female empowerment which includes banning the specification of gender on recruitment ads

2015

Saudi Arabia gives women the right to vote

 

Article by Mary Sue Rogers

Picture sourced from Workway October 2013

Posted On : 16-02-16

Commented by:  Josephine Lim

French women only granted the right to work without husband's permission only as recent as 1965, that's two years before I was born....wow... indeed the realization or progress or lack of... :)

Posted On : 23-02-16

Commented by:  Cynthia.gee@gmail.com

Really enjoyed the article and the timeline above!

Posted On : 22-02-16

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