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The EDP says...Changes for women are good and bad

PUBLISHED: 15:47 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:47 28 November 2017

Women's edition. Pictured are (from left) Courtney Pochin, Jessica Long, Bethany Whymark, Liz Nice, Geri Scott, Lauren Cope and Sophie Whylie. Picture: Ian Burt

Women's edition. Pictured are (from left) Courtney Pochin, Jessica Long, Bethany Whymark, Liz Nice, Geri Scott, Lauren Cope and Sophie Whylie. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant 2017

What is it like to be a woman in Norfolk and Suffolk in 2017? That was the question we set out to explore with today's special edition, speaking to women and men from across our region.

It is an important question in a world where so much has changed positively for women in the decades gone by - from working rights, to societal expectations, or nearly a century ago the right to vote.

But there are also things which have not changed such as the gender pay gap, under-representation in top jobs and public bodies, and the issue of sexual harassment.

There is a lot to celebrate about women in the east of England.

There are those such as Christine Allen, Julia Hunt and Anna Davidson making waves in the world of health. Or Siobhan Eke, who is working to inspire young women in Norfolk. Or Tricia Fuller, group HR director at services giant Norse, a force to be reckoned with.

That said, a glance around many business functions in Norfolk and Suffolk will tell you that the scene – regardless of sector – is still male-dominated.

And recent revelations surrounding sexual harassment show the world can still be a dangerous place to be a woman.

These issues are not solely the concern of women - they should worry men too.

It is hoped by highlighting the good and bad experience women face will only work to make the region a better place.

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