Today (Thursday 10 November) marks the last day of the working year for women throughout the UK - or so it should. From now until the end of 2016, working women are now, on average, providing their services for free - highlighting the 9.4% gap between average pay of full-time male and female employees.
Gender inequality remains undeniable across much of the business world, and is particularly visible at leadership level. Having worked in the banking and finance sector for over two decades, I have seen and been part of attempts to address this issue. It's clear there is growing commitment to programmes and investments that develop more women into industry leaders.
In answer to the question, no women do not better parents than men. There are, of course, bad dads in the world and there are also bad mothers. I just don't think society gives men the opportunities to prove what great parents they can be. This is simply because the overwhelming responsibility for raising children almost always falls on women and this starts at birth.
I'm an apprentice welder and fabricator. I love my job, but I get negative comments from people when I tell them what I do and it needs to stop. Because I'm a female in a male-dominated environment, people say things to me like 'get back in the kitchen' or 'aren't you scared you might break a nail?'
I do wonder what if there was no gender pay gap, would the expectation still fall on women to take breaks from their careers to care for children or older relatives? Giving up the lower salary is the sensible option but think of what a difference it would make if the lower salary wasn't usually the women's salary.
A more feminine world stage will be beneficial on all fronts; much like more female dominated business are often more successful - in fact, it has been proven that companies that have the top 20% of financial performance have a higher percentage of women in leadership roles. Perhaps it will be the boom that the UK needs in the post-Brexit economy.
Nicola Thorp, a former employee who was dismissed because she wasn't wearing high heels , created a petition and successfully persuaded the Parliament to launch the High heels and workplace dress codes inquiry. This is a significant call to end sexism on the physical side. However, I think it is the perfect time now for us to reflect about what "she" thinks.