Brookmans Park school encourages fathers to fight gender inequality

PUBLISHED: 15:11 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:11 14 March 2017

Queenswood School is encouraging dads to fight for their daughters rights in the workplace.

Queenswood School is encouraging dads to fight for their daughters rights in the workplace.

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A Brookmans Park school is encouraging fathers to eradicate gender inequality in the workplace to mark the first National Dads4Daughters Day tomorrow.

Queenswood School is asking fathers to join the nationwide Dads4Daughters campaign to eradicate gender inequality in the workplace.

To mark the new national day, fathers are being asked to pledge their commitment to greater equality in the workplace for current and future generations of daughters.

Queenswood is one of 50 Girls’ Schools Association schools to back the campaign, and is hosting a Careers Convention, with talks from alumnae and fathers of daughters currently in school.

In total, 25 professionals from eight career fields will be represented at the event.

A number of major companies have also joined the Dads4Daughters campaign, including UBS, Aviva, Ernst & Young, Spencer Stuart and Accenture which are hosting discussions and debates with their staff about how they can tackle gender bias in the workplace, as well as encouraging fathers to take an unconscious bias test.

The growing campaign hopes that as many organisations as possible will celebrate the day by asking all fathers to consider whether their workplace is somewhere they would be happy for their daughter to work.

Headteacher Jo Cameron said: “At school, we do so much to equip young women with the resilience and self-confidence to compete and excel in their chosen careers.

“Our girls aspire to be the CEOs and managing directors of the future, and we all have a duty to ensure a level playing field.

“It is disheartening that inequality and bias still exist in the workplace, but we have been delighted by the positive determination of the Queenswood community, parents, girls, staff, and alumnae, to make a change.”

Charlotte Avery, president of the Girls’ Schools Association, said: “Gender bias happens for all sorts of reasons, in all sorts of circumstances, and affects the lives and outlooks of men and women.

“It can begin in the home, or in the books you read or the TV you watch, and can continue into the workplace.

“Sometimes this is overt, sometimes it can be extremely subtle. Either way, it can cause significant damage to the confidence, and career choices, of young women.

“Hidden bias is especially difficult for women to challenge because often those who display it are completely unaware they are doing so.

“We hope this test will help men and women to become more aware of any bias they may possess, the negative impact their beliefs can have, and to pinpoint the ways that they can begin to turn around gender bias in their own workplace.”

Will McDonald, Chair of the Fatherhood Institute and Group Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility Director at Aviva, said:

“I want my kids to grow up in a world where the limits to what they achieve are not set down by what gender they are.

“But to see real change, we need to harness the power of dads at work.

“After all, dads don’t stop being dads when they walk through the office door.”


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