‘What would the working world be like if it was started by women?’
This was one of the many questions Chief Financial Officer at British Land, Lucinda Bell, reflected on at Mishcon de Reya’s Women’s Forum on Tuesday evening, held to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) 2016. Addressing ‘Pledge for Parity’, the theme of IWD this year, Bell discussed the broad spectrum of issues facing women today with Mishcon de Reya’s Director of External Affairs, Lisa Tremble.
The event was held in partnership with MicroLoan Foundation – an organisation that helps some of the poorest women in the world by providing small loans and ongoing business training and support, introduced to the firm by Mishcon de Reya Managing Associate, Dina Shiloh, who is a trustee.
The well-known gender pay gap still eludes us, and it appears it will for many years to come. The IWD website highlights that in 2015, The World Economic Forum estimated that the gender gap will not close entirely until 2133. Quite remarkable considering the pay gap does not currently exist between the 20 – 30 age group. And yet, Bell pointed out, when women make it to the top, they often really make it, as Angela Ahrendts demonstrated when she was the UK’s highest-paid CEO as head of Burberry.
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