Where are all the women senior managers? ‘It’s 2017 and you can still play spot the female’

Is it time for the women of Britain to go on strike, asks Rachel Moore. Picture: thinkstock photos.

Is it time for the women of Britain to go on strike, asks Rachel Moore. Picture: thinkstock photos. - Credit: PA

Women are being called out on strike. Every woman asked to down tools, withdraw their labour, at home and in the workplace, hand over the kids and go to ground. No jobs, cooking, study, cleaning or shopping, No caring, voluntary duties or supporting anyone else.

A General Strike. A Day Without Women.

A Day Without Women is to show how a nation is brought to its knees without us doing our thing.

A societal and economic meltdown when 50pc of the population goes AWOL. Businesses close, organisations collapse into chaos and families left in disarray as a nation goes to hell in a handcart.

A Day Without Women would be the wake-up call for how the world just wouldn't turn without us. One day isn't long enough, but it's a start.

Productivity, order, economic success, organisation, effectiveness, function and efficiency would be lost.

At home, everything would go to pot, takeaways would have a field day and children would run riot – schools would be closed without half their teachers

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Imagine what a day without women would look like.

Some don't have to imagine too hard, it's just like any other day – in board rooms, leadership teams, on warships, engineering, the city, laboratories, building sites, up wind turbines, in space centres, on North Sea platforms and too many workplaces.

A day without women would make absolutely no difference to how those places run, apart from the administration and reception roles, the odd manager and the canteen staff.

In these places, senior managers rarely see what all the fuss is about, which probably explains more than anything why so few or no women work for them.

It's 2017 and you can still play spot the female.

How can we still be marching for equal rights and pay 100 years after the Suffragettes won the fight for votes?

What an insult to their memory that, a century on, women doing identical jobs as men, are still paid less purely because of their gender.

That a 50pc graduate intake for so many companies shrinks to 30pc at managerial level and about 10pc at the top.

That there are still 'lady doctors' to many and women in traditional male jobs are still a rarity.

In more than 1,500 applications recently for 100 new wind turbine technician jobs for the offshore wind farms, requiring electrical or mechanical qualifications for training for a well-paid career with work lined up for years ahead, there was not one application from a woman. Not one.

What's that telling our girls?

It is such a shocking indictment on the attitude still prevalent in the so-called developed western world and far more engrained and widespread than just the president of the United States.

The General Strike. A Day Without Women is the next call from the US after the success of the Women's March on Washington, which spread across six continents with five million people taking to the streets.

A Day Without Women on a day to be announced is not about rebellion; it's to state simply, in a collective voice, that inequality of pay, opportunity or sexism of any kind will not be tolerated, anywhere.

It worked in Iceland in 1975 when 25,000 women left their paid and unpaid jobs, left child care to the men, and walked out to protest about wage inequity and the low value placed on their contributions to society.

Businesses closed and sausages, the nation's fast food, sold out as men went into panic mode, took the kids to work but baled out when offices and factories closed under the pressure.

Women's activism there led to a divorced single mother being elected as the first female president in Europe's history.

Last year, Icelandic women again took to the streets to protest the wage gap. The women chose to walk out at exactly 2.38pm –at which time, because of the wage gap, they were technically working for free.

Again, businesses had to close, and the country was forced to face the consequences of their slow progress on the question of equal pay.

Women alone often don't have the confidence often to stand up alone to ask for equal pay – or just more for doing a fantastic job – or to say enough is enough.

But together, in voice and action, their power is phenomenal. Watch out world, the women are coming, at last.