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Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 11, 2014

The Women's Business Council's (WBC) 'One Year On' report have stated that things have been moving in the right direction. Since its publication of recommendations for business and government to improve opportunities for women, women's equality is in a better place than ever before.

According to the report, there are more women in employment than ever before, more women self-employed and 4,000 more female graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in 2013. But the WBC is convinced that the male leaders can do more to improve.

Having spoken to over 500 companies and individuals over the last year and holding discussions with male chief executives. The report concludes that male leaders are important, as visible agents of change, to ensure that women are not being held back in reaching their full potential in the workplace. Chair of the Women's Business Council, Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE said: “We are hugely encouraged by the progress that has been made over the last year. More women than ever are in employment, the gender pay gap has closed to nearly zero for women under 40 working full time and there are more women sitting on boards than at any time.

“This is not the time to be complacent. We must address cultural attitudes in the workplace, often deeply ingrained, if we are to see true gender parity. I’m confident that with our esteemed new members joining the council this year, and with such a dedicated board, we can make even greater progress in 2014/15 towards our fundamental goals: broadening career aspirations among girls, and maximising women’s contribution to future economic growth.”

Nicky Morgan, Women's minister said: “The government has achieved a lot in the last year, including extending the right to request flexible working to all employees, introducing a system of shared parental leave, and announcing our support for parents of nearly 2 million children with the Tax Free Childcare scheme. This will make a huge difference to women, giving them the support they need to get back into work.

“I want all businesses and employers to play their part by driving forward the cultural change needed to ensure women can achieve their full potential. We will continue to work with the Women’s Business Council, to ensure women are supported in every stage of their career.”

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