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With great power comes great responsibility

Mark Pryor Women in tax

With today being International Women’s Day, I thought it only appropriate to write an article about men.

During my lifetime, the collective women’s movement has made significant meaningful progress. Quite rightly of course the role in society my wife has is a long way forward from that of my Mum’s. However, while women have managed to move the dial considerably, what about us men?

As men, I know we like to think how much our contribution has progressed from that of our dads’. By doing the shopping, dropping the kids off at school or, for the ultimate brownie points, doing the washing and hanging it out, we’ve made a step in the right direction; but can we really consider this gender parity?

Gender parity is an equal contribution of women & men to every dimension of life, whether private or public. With equal contribution should mean equal reward and opportunity. We need to do more.

I was shocked to hear the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away. What message does such a depressing statistic say to our daughters and granddaughters?

Gender parity is not a women’s only issue, men need to own it too. Today is a strong call to #PressforProgress, for which men need to think and act on how we can make positive gains even quicker.

Men still possess the balance of power in this conversation and as everyone knows, with great power comes great responsibility. Very few men are superheroes, but when it comes to doing the right thing we can all be a hero.