Editorial: ‘We need positive action to smash the glass ceiling’

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Editorial: ‘We need positive action to smash the glass ceiling’


'Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he hopes to see 20 women members of his party in the next Dáil. His record has been less than impressive in bringing women into Cabinet.' Stock picture
‘Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he hopes to see 20 women members of his party in the next Dáil. His record has been less than impressive in bringing women into Cabinet.’ Stock picture

There is an impulse to stand up to the generational narcissism that decrees we must always change the social script to suit all current politically correct mores – all the time.

But when it comes to the issue of inequality, or sexism, there is no contest. It is wrong – it was always wrong – but for it to be a hot topic in 21st century Ireland is not just wrong, but shamefully so.

This year marks the centenary Irish women were given the right to vote. But for all the back-slapping and smug satisfaction about the great strides we have made, women are still being left behind; as today’s CPL research shows, women’s earnings drop once they have children.

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