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Today marks the 100th anniversary of royal assent for a significant reform to the electoral system, giving many women throughout the UK the vote for the first time.
When the historic motion was passed in parliament, they couldn’t have imagined that 100 years on, gender equality would still be such a divisive issue for the country. But the government’s celebratory Vote 100 programme takes place amid a backdrop of gender pay debates and a media focus on sexual discrimination both inside and outside the workplace.
With women comprising 70% of our 140,000 members, AAT has worked for several years to be a role model on gender diversity and has long called for gender equality in all businesses. In addition:
- We became the first accountancy body to sign the Women in Finance charter in November 2016
- We have a target under the charter to have 40% of females in senior management within AAT by March 2022
- AAT has published studies and reports about the gender pay gap and how businesses can overcome the issue, including a white paper in October 2016
Take our quiz
In celebration of today’s anniversary, AAT has put together a fun and informative ten-question quiz, testing your knowledge on the introduction of the vote for women as well as female representation in parliament over the last century.
Source: AAT News