Gender pay gap

Women in sport: A fair playing field?

Girls who are challenging tradition by playing sport encounter prejudice at every step.
In many conservative families, girls are denied education and work opportunities. But many are challenging gender stereotypes by entering sports. But it’s not easy. They have to face questions on everything from their choice of sport to the way they dress, and why they want to step out of home to compete in a “man’s game". They fight prejudice at every step, for social acceptance and equal pay, hoping to bring glory to their families, their communities and the country.

We speak to three young Indian sportswomen dabbling in offbeat sports, and ask what can be done to create a fairer playing field for women in sport.

Presenter: Devina Gupta Contributors: Aishwarya Pissay (motorsport racer); Hetal Dave (Sumo wrestler); Diskit Angmo (ice hockey player)

Melinda Gates calls for pay transparency

BBC Radio 5 Live

Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates, who runs one of the world's largest charity foundations along with her husband the Microsoft founder Bill Gates, has told Radio 5 Live that it's time to pay men and women the same amount for doing the same job - and disclosure is one way to achieve this.

"Once you have transparency... it can't continue to exist. It's just time. It's time to pay men and women the same amount for the same job and the same work".

She says role models are important and she says she did not want to be a public figure but realised she needed to speak out.

"I definitely faced what women in tech call the ten thousand paper cuts," where people outside the company would think she did not know what she was taking about. She is a computer scientist.

Her advice? "You have to use your voice, be assertive," she says.

And that will lift up other women, she said.

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