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The Progress of Women's Working Conditions in the UK (Infographic)

Trust in God – she will provide.” said Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women gain the right to vote, in the 19th century. A simple quote that represented Emmeline’s resolution in achieving her aim: Equal Rights.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and is the perfect occasion to remember how the efforts of many women helped in accomplishing the same rights as men. In fact, once upon a time women were considered (and still are, in some parts of the world) inferior to men. As a result of different variables, such as culture, society, religion and more, the challenges to overcome have always been at hand.

Throughout history, women have continuously fought for their rights, and above all for equal treatment in working conditions. For example, not only did women receive lower wages than men, but were also obliged to work for long and exhausting shifts. In addition to this, household chores took up the rest of their day. During the beginning of 20th century, another form of discrimination faced by women was the “Marriage Bar”, which restricted the employment of married women for particular professions.

Market Inspector inspired by the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, created the following infographic that shows some of the most important moments in the progress of women’s working conditions in the UK. Diversity recruiters, take note!

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