Women in Education
The Higher Education Statistics Agency Survey (2013) revealed that an average of one in five professors in the UK is female. The disparity in the number of male and female professors was observed in many major universities, including Cambridge with 15.6% and Imperial College London with 14.1% female professors.
The gender gap was narrower for arts and humanities schools, while science and research-based fields showed a lower percentage of female teaching staff.
Women in Leadership Roles
Reports showed an increase in the number of working women across all sectors, with over two-thirds of them being employed, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
Though in recent years more women have taken up executive roles, only 23 out of the 500 Fortune Global Companies have women CEOs.
This holds true for UK politics as well. Only 22.6% of MPs are female and there are currently only four women in the cabinet.
Olivia Grant OBE, Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, expressed a need for more women members at all levels, so that they can make their way to the upper echelons of government.
As has been shown there is still a long way to go, before gender equality can be achieved in education, politics and the boardroom.