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Women are taking to social media to raise awareness of Equal Pay Day

Women across the UK have been using social media to raise awareness of the gender pay gap for Equal Pay Day.The day is observed each year based on the current gender pay gap, 17.9% in the UK, after which women are said to work for free until the end of the year.The hashtag #EqualPayDay was trending across the country as campaigners and sympathisers voiced their concerns.Carrie Gracie, who resigned from her role as the BBC s China editor in 2017 in protest at how her pay compared to men in similar roles, tweeted: How can you #getequal if you don t know how your pay compares? How can you #getequal if you don t know how your pay compares? MEN AND WOMEN HAVE TO TALK ABOUT PAY this #equalpayday. About to do just that with @vanessafeltz on BBC London. https://t.co/wRKu9rVzRL Carrie Gracie (@BBCCarrie) November 9, 2018Green MP Caroline Lucas pointed to research by gender equality charity the Fawcett Society, writing on Twitter: Research shows one third of workers don t know it is illegal to pay men and women differently for equal work. Research by @fawcettsociety shows 1/3 workers don t know it is illegal to pay men women differently for equal work. On the eve of #EqualPayDay, they have launched a fund aimed at providing women on low incomes with legal advice. Support it now: https://t.co/xZrjuJcqAE#GetEqual Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) November 9, 2018Other campaigners encouraged women to Tweet using the hashtag #OutOfOffice, turning on their out of office notification while continuing to work to raise awareness of the day.Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women s Equality Party, tweeted: I ve switched on my out of office for the rest of 2018 and my Twitter isn t working either The gender pay gap means this is the last day until Jan UK women get paid to work relative to men. The gap is greater for BAME and disabled women. I ve switched on my #OutofOffice for the rest of 2018 my Twitter isn t working either. Why? Because the #genderpaygap means this is the last day until Jan UK women get paid to work relative to men. The gap is greater for BAME disabled women. See @WEP_UK for #EqualPayDay info pic.twitter.com/EQlwnStBOu Catherine Mayer (@catherine_mayer) November 9, 2018Clare Balding urged her followers to share information and support each other in working towards a fairer society. I know living your best life is all the rage but what about living in your best world ? If the system is wrong, help change it, she tweeted.This is worth reading for lots of reasons if we want a fairer society, we need to share information. I know living your best life is all the rage but what about living in your best world ? If the system is wrong, help change it. #EqualPayDay#TeamUphttps://t.co/ebsptsMiwX Clare Balding (@clarebalding) November 9, 2018The Fawcett Society s chief executive Sam Smethers, said: In workplaces all over the country, pay discrimination is able to thrive, and is more common than people realise because of a culture of pay secrecy which persists. Other social media users made jokes, with Nathalie Gordon, a creative at Uncommon Studios, tweeting: If I had a pound for every time I was told that we have equal pay Wait, I d only get 82p of it. If I had a pound for every time I was told that we have equal pay Wait, I d only get 82p of it #EqualPayDay Nathalie Gordon (@awlilnatty) November 9, 2018The day was first observed in the US by the National Committee on Pay E this year s date falls on Saturday November 10.While the average gender pay gap in the UK is 17.9% that figure rises to 19.6% for women of Black African heritage, and 26% for women of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage. Today is the last day of 2018 in which women get paid to work compared to men. For Black, Asian and disabled women, they have already stopped being paid. It s time to close the gap for all, pointed out one Twitter user.The gender pay gap is said to have a number of factors at play which are key to closing the gap, from pay secrecy, to women being in lower-paid sectors, to taking time off to raise children.(function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i[ GoogleAnalyticsObject ]=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document, script , //www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js , ga ); ga( create , UA-72310761-1 , auto , { name : pacontentapi }); ga( pacontentapi.set , referrer , location.origin); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension1 , By Emily Chudy, Press Association ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension2 , 98bb3ecd-e741-4e59-a1e2-39e2894368c6 ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension3 , paservice:news,paservice:news:uk,paservice:viral,paservice:viral:news ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension6 , story ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension7 , composite ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension8 , null); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension9 , null); ga( pacontentapi.send , pageview , { location : location.href, page : (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), title : Women are taking to social media to raise awareness of Equal Pay Day });

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