Any UK or Irish politician voicing in 2019 the opinion that a woman’s place is in the home would be condemned. Yet that attitude is still enshrined in the Irish constitution – and it’s symptomatic of a wider problem in the country that’s holding back women in the workplace, especially in low-paid public service jobs. Since 1937, despite growing calls for an update, article 41.2 of the the Irish constitution has stated that economic necessity should not force mothers to work “to the neglect of their duties in the home”. Last year, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission said the phrase should either be abolished or changed. The Irish economy is thriving, fears over the impact of Brexit notwithstanding, and female employment has risen over the past decade. But this masks an underlying inequality: the increase has been higher in low-paid roles in sectors such as retail, health and education and childcare, leading to a greater pay gap between men and women. “Women in Ireland have made very significant strides,” says Marie Sherlock, head of equality and policy at one of Ireland’s largest trade unions, Siptu. “But there are more women in lower-paid jobs in all sectors.” Women’s share… Read full this story
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