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OPINION: Until women are treated equally society is missing out claims Cllr Rev Ann Easter

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 August 2017

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I was delighted to see the England Women’s Cricket Team win the World Cup recently, magnificently trouncing the Indian team in the finals; the women’s excitement and joy bubbled over and everyone was thrilled – even me…

And I say that because those who know me will be well aware that, together with most of the rest of my family, I am not in the least bit sporty; I was always one of the last to be chosen when it came to games. I enjoyed tennis, as long as my opponent played gently and many will have heard me wax lyrical about folk dancing and may perhaps have had a nice evening’s barn dancing with Christopher and me.

So, of course, it wasn’t the sport that made me so proud, it was the fact that it was women who were doing it that made the difference.

Given the recent revelations about salary levels in our most revered institutions, we do not have to look hard to notice that the ancient and ignorant bias against women is still very much alive. And, before you say it, I know that the Church has been woefully slow in following its leader in this respect too – but at least the salaries are the same.

The word ‘salary’ comes from the Latin word for salt as it originally denoted a Roman soldier’s allowance to buy salt, it’s a token of how much we are worth to our employer and still, 47 years after the Equal Pay Act, it seems that some women are just not worth the same as their male colleagues.

And that’s sad and our communal loss because, until we truly treat each and every member of our community equally, we will not be able to rejoice in the full richness of human worth. More from Ann


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