Gendered ageism: how can we beat the cumulative bias women face?

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We have a brand new e-book on gendered ageism, published for International Women’s Day 2022 which is on the 8th March.

The book aims to highlight the issues facing older women at work and to join the dots between gender diversity policies throughout a woman’s working life.

The e-book, Gendered ageism: how can we beat the cumulative bias women face?, is sponsored by global digital infrastructure company Equinix, which is this week launching an amazing new initiative for women looking to get back to work and develop a career in technology. Its ‘I Am Remarkable’ programme, which includes mentoring and other career transition support, celebrates women’s transferable skills and helps them to reskill for jobs with a genuine career pathway as well as addressing the gender gap in technology.

Gendered ageism is a topic that links all of our brands, in that many of the issues that contribute to women’s increased likelihood of encountering financial problems in older age begin or worsen when they have children. We have long charted the long-term financial impact of career breaks and the unequal care burden faced by women as well as practical initiatives to reduce this, such as flexible working at all levels, equal parental leave policies and returner programmes that help them return to jobs where their experience and skills don’t go to waste.

These issues are cumulative and in part fuel the gender pension gap, which stood at 37.9% in 2020, down from 40.3% in 2019, although it rose for two years in succession before 2019.  That is much higher than the gender pay gap which, according to the ONS, stands at 7.9% for full-time employees, but 15.4% for all employees.

Some preliminary findings of workingwise.co.uk’s Age and Gender Survey 2022, sponsored by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, also feature in the e-book along with analysis of the issues that contribute to the gender pension gap and case studies which show what some of the most progressive employers are doing to address it.

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