International Women's Day 2022: Break The Bias

We acknowledge existing inequalities, whilst recognising some of the positive stories of people and organisations #BreakingTheBias around the world.

There's still a long way to go when it comes to overcoming gender bias and discrimination in 2022.

This International Women's Day, we wanted to acknowledge the inequality that still exists, whilst recognising some of the positive achievements of people and organisations who are #BreakingTheBias around the world.

Text reads "Due to a lack of awareness of symptoms, women are 50% more likely to be misdiagnosed with a heart attack than men"

Shockingly, women are 50% more likely to be misdiagnosed with a heart attack than men. This is largely due to a lower level of understanding of the symptoms of heart attacks as they present in women compared to in men, amongst both the general public and the medical community.

Text reads "Up to 83% of professional sports now offer the same amount of prize money for men and women. But amongst the 17% that don’t, the difference still runs into the millions."

There has been big progress in women’s professional sport in recent years, with 83% now offering the same amount of prize money for both women and men. However, 17% of sports — so almost 1 in 5 instances — still have significant inequality when it comes to how men and women are financially compensated.

Text reads "In 2021 the difference between average hourly earnings for men and women in the United Kingdom was 15.4%."

This means that for a portion of the year, the female workforce in the UK effectively work for free for around 2 months of the year in comparison to men. The gender pay gap is even more exaggerated amongst older women in comparison to younger women aged 18 – 29. In terms of industry, the finance and insurance sectors rank worst for pay equality, with an average difference of 32.3%. 

Text reads "Young men and boys who hold rigid beliefs about gender stereotypes are more likely to be perpetrators of violence against women and girls"

Gender stereotypes reinforce harmful ideas about women, and contribute to a culture in which violence by men against women is prevalent. It’s important to call out instances of stereotyping and challenge misogynistic points of view, no matter how ‘light-hearted’ the context may appear to be. This is especially true with young men and boys who are still forming views that will influence their future life choices.

Text reads "In 2021, there were only 8 female CEOs across FTSE 100 companies. This represents an all-time high"

Across high-level positions in the world’s biggest organisations, women are still massively underrepresented. There’s still a long way to go to ensure that women are equally represented in business leadership.

Recently collected evidence found that companies with female leadership outperform those dominated by men. McKinsey research that shows companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 25% more likely to have above-average profitability than companies in the bottom, while companies with more than 30% female executives were more likely to outperform companies that don’t, according to research from academics from the Universities of Glasgow and Leicester.

Text reads "The UK government recently published their 'Vision for Womens Health Strategy', launching in Spring 2022. It takes into account the views of 100,000 women on how to tackle the decades long gender health gap."

The new strategy sets out the government's commitments on women’s health, recognising that system-wide changes are needed to tackle “decades of gender health inequality”. After 100,000 responded to a call to come forward and share their experiences, the new strategy will focus on 6 key areas — menstrual health and gynaecological conditions; fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss and postnatal support; the menopause; healthy ageing and long-term conditions; mental health; the health impact of violence against women and girls.

Text reads "In 2019, the U.S. Women's Soccer team filed a gender discrimintation lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal compensation with men's teams for performance at international tournaments. They won the case in 2022, and will be donating millions from their awarded payout to charitable foundations."

The agreement ends a six-year legal battle over equal pay, promising the women's team $24m plus bonuses that match those of the men. US Soccer also agreed to establish a fund of $2m to benefit the players in their post-soccer careers and charitable efforts aimed at supporting the sport for women.

Text reads "In July 2020, New Zealand passed an Equal Pay Amendment Bill to ensure that women in historically underpaid female-dominated industries are paid equally as men for the same work."

New Zealand’s parliament unanimously passed the Equal Pay Amendment Bill in 2020. The legislation goes beyond ensuring men and women are paid the same for the same work (which has been enshrined in New Zealand law since 1972) and focuses on pay equity by ensuring women in historically underpaid female-dominated industries receive the same remuneration as men in different but equal-value work.

Text reads "In July 2021, the first global ‘Generation Equality Forum’ took place in Mexico City and Paris, launching a 5-year international action plan to achieve irreversible progress towards gender equality with concrete, ambitious actions and $40 billion dollars in financial commitment."

This landmark effort brought together governments, corporations and change-makers from around the world to define and announce ambitious investments and policies. These diverse stakeholders have embarked on a 5-year journey to accelerate equality, leadership and opportunity for women and girls worldwide, with the work culminating in 2026. It presented a vital moment for activists, feminists, youth and allies to achieve transformative change for generations to come.

Text reads "As of March 2022, Graphite is proud to be 63% female.   We're committed to fostering a welcoming, inclusive environment that embraces diversity of perspectives and experience."

At Graphite, we're proud to have an increasingly diverse agency make-up, with women representing 63% of our team members as of Spring 2022.