With businesses and a one nation government working together to finally solve this, building on the momentum established through the success of the women on boards initiative, we can achieve equality.
Being first does make you a winner - and this weekend, on Boat Races day, there are many winners - Oxford, Newton, Helena, the BBC, equality, the list goes on. The question now is who will be the next big pioneer? Women's sport is waiting for you...
Of course being a mother is a fantastic achievement, and carrying and raising nine children is no mean feat. But, at this moment, the fact that she is a mother-of-nine is almost completely irrelevant, while her contribution to women's rowing, her position as a CEO of an investment company and all round kick-ass woman is what BBC Sport should really be being championed.
The past year has been one of extremes when it comes to women in leadership. We've had some 'vocal heroes' -- most notably Malala Yousafzai, but also Emma Watson promoting the He for She campaign
To build up confidence from within we are advised to put it on and wear it "like make-up" and "fake it until you make it". Although eloquent on paper, such advice isn't particularly useful. Is there anything more practical to help us feel more confident ahead of a nerve-wrecking interview or an important presentation?
It takes a great deal of courage to launch a new idea, plunge into unfamiliar waters and break the code of what is perceived to be normal. Quit a stable job to pursue a dream but a preposterous calling, and you'll read doubt and skepticism between the lines of the most generous Sorry You're Leaving Card. Break a convention and you'll face an army of raised eyebrows.
Everyone's talking about Helena Morrissey's report into the Liberal Democrats' handling of complaints of sexual harrassment