We join the Fawcett Society in challenging gender stereotypes and tackling the gender pay gap

We join the Fawcett Society in challenging gender stereotypes and tackling the gender pay gap
Home News We join the Fawcett Society in challenging gender stereotypes and tackling the gender pay gap

Today we are announcing a new partnership with the Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights, on a new Equal Play campaign to support parents, care givers and influential adults to challenge gender stereotypes with their children.

Fawcett’s research found that gender expectations significantly limit children.

These stereotypes are harmful as children conform to these societal expectations and develop life goals in line with these expectations. This results in limited career choices and contributes to the gender pay gap.

The research also found that stereotypes contribute towards the mental health crisis among children and young people, are at the root of girls’ problems with body image and eating disorders and are associated with higher male suicide rates and violence against women and girls.

Equal Play will provide parents and caregivers with practical tips and resources to challenge stereotypes in their interactions with children, as well as running a series of events with insights from experts and opportunities for parents to feed in their own experiences. Anyone wishing to attend events and take part in the campaign can sign up online.

Practical ways to promote equal play include avoiding unnecessary segregation, demonstrating that play activities are inclusive for all and providing examples of people doing activities or jobs which are the reverse of the gender stereotypes.

Our’ ‘House of the Future’ programme – a ‘build-it-yourself’ model home – is an example of this, giving children an inclusive, hands-on experience of the skills needed to create sustainable homes.

We hope that the programme will enable children to have early and equal opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills, and aspirations for the future, as well as encouraging more girls to consider a career within the built environment. Women make up just 28 percent of the STEM workforce and only 14 percent of the workforce in construction.

Around 400 people tuned into the campaign’s first virtual event, Boys Online: Parenting Against Internet Misogyny, which looked at how parents can support their children to navigate online spaces safely. The panel included the writer, campaigner and broadcaster Natasha Devon MBEElliott Rae, founder of the parenting platform MusicFootballFatherhood and Janaya Walker, Public Affairs Manager, End Violence Against Women. The recording of the event can be found online.

At Wates, we aim to be a fair place to work, enabling greater diversity of talent, skills, and experience.

We know, that once embedded, preconceptions can be hard to shift, and it’s essential that we do what we can to open young people’s minds to what they could be doing with their lives and their future.  This new partnership with the Fawcett Society is just one of the ways we are continuing to work to breaking down systemic barriers and creating opportunities for everyone. people.”
Eoghan O’Lionaird - Chief Executive

Eoghan O’Lionaird,

Chief Executive, Wates

This is the second time we have worked together, following the publication last year of the largest-ever survey of menopausal women in the workplace. 

We are delighted to once again be working with Wates on Equal Play, Fawcett’s campaign to support parents, caregivers, childcare practitioners, and influential adults to resist gender stereotypes in the early years. We had fantastic success with Wates’ support on our landmark report Menopause and the Workplace, and it is great to have them on board demonstrating a commitment to gender equality at all stages of life.

We know that gender norms and stereotypes imposed on girls in early childhood can affect their outcomes, with a lower take-up of STEM subjects later in life. It’s on all of us to ensure girls’ potential is not limited by gendered assumptions, and it’s fantastic to see a company like Wates taking this step with us.”

Jemima Olchawski

Chief Executive at PAPYRUS