A friend recently posed a theory to me about equality.
He said that he didn’t think we (LGBT people) would have equality until women had equality first.
I thought about it, and have been ever since. It’s an interesting point really.
I am writing my dissertation on women in management and have read paper after paper about the glass ceiling and how it’s still very much intact.
Norway recently introduced a quota to have 40% women in all their boardrooms. To all intent and purposes it has worked too, the representation of women has exponentially increased… More over their equality policies are actually much more… Well… Equal.
Fathers get 6 weeks paternity leave, in the UK we get 2. Mothers get a full years salary on maternity leave. We get statutory.
In fact their perspective on lgbt rights is much better than the UK. They introduced a gender neutral marriage bill in 2009… Right around the time their female representation shot through the roof.
It got me thinking, are we fighting the wrong battle? Should we be going back to the grass roots of solidarity and rooting for women first and then our LGBT rights? Maybe one leads to the other?
I thought I would pose the question because I found it fascinating.
What do you think?