Wednesday 2 October 2019 3:56 pm

Female bosses launch campaign to close the gender pay gap

A group of more than 100 successful businesswomen have launched a campaign calling for an end to the gender pay gap.

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The business chiefs have set up an initiative called #MeTooPay, which will allow women to share examples of good and bad corporate policies and keep track of key court cases.

The campaign has garnered the support of top business and media figures, including broadcaster Clare Balding and Dame Minouche Shafik, former deputy governor of the Bank of England and director of the London School of Economics.

GSK chief executive Emma Walmsley and former Royal Mail boss Dame Moya Greene are also backing the campaign.

“We’re proud to have played a small part in building a society where more women have a voice at the top table,” the campaign states on its website.

“But we’re frustrated to still read stories about women not getting the pay they deserve. Women should not be paid less than men to do exactly the same job.”

Figures released in April showed the gender pay gap at the UK’s largest employers has increased in the last year, despite government efforts to improve women’s salaries.

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While the 553 companies paying women less than men represented a drop of 29 for 2018 compared with the year before, the average median pay gap increased by 0.02 per cent year on year.

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