Report reveals UK still generations away from gender equality at top level

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by Josh Peachey

The UK is still “generations away” from gender equality with a lack of women employed in the most senior roles in the media, business, and sport sectors.

Only 21% of national newspaper editors are female, 20% of CEOs at social media companies are female, and women make up 21% of the CEOs of sports governing bodies and just 4% of the CEOs of Premier League football clubs.

The Fawcett Society, a women's rights and equality charity highlighted the severe lack of women, particularly women of colour, in top job roles in their 2020 Sex and Power Index 

The index found that only 32% of the directors of FTSE 100 companies are female and women make up just 6% of the CEOs of FTSE 100 companies - none of whom are women of colour.

Fawcett Society chief executive, Sam Smethers, told The Guardian: “Despite much lip service about the importance of having women in top jobs, today’s data shows we are still generations away from achieving anything close to equality. We are wasting women’s talent and skills. 

“Male dominance of positions of power remains strong, as this 2020 Sex and Power Index shows. If we want change, we have to make it happen. That means quotas, targets and policy interventions to remove the barriers to women’s progression.”