Earlier in March, Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg visited Dorset to join Prospective MP Vikki Slade and Annette Brooke MP at an event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event was attended by women in a number of professions including business owners, teachers, NHS staff, third-sector workers and students to discuss what the Government should be doing to support women in achieving their potential.
The event involved discussions about how to address the wage gap and whether encouraging businesses to publish their pay statistics could be beneficial. They also discussed the cost of living, mental health and opportunities for young women to progress into typically male-dominated fields. Nick Clegg addressed the importance of education in solving these issues and the Government’s role in providing an education that reduces existing inequalities.
Vikki Slade, who is also a small business owner, welcomed discussion about women in business and the wage gap. She said: “It was beneficial to meet so many women from all walks of life and hear about their experiences in their own sector of work. It’s important that we don’t ignore their concerns and continue to pursue equality and opportunity for everyone.”
Ems Simpson, a student who attended the event said: “It was great to discuss issues women specifically face and to share our concerns and experiences. To have Vikki Slade, Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats also care about these issues is great, and gives me hope that more can be done to support women in achieving their potential.”