Leading employment rights law firm, Thompsons Solicitors, is adding its voice to a global call to #PressForProgress on gender equality this International Women's Day (8 March 2018).

Staff at Thompsons' UK network of offices are supporting the movement towards gender parity on International Women's Day, an annual awareness event that encourages global activism to ensure long-lasting change.

This year, its campaign is #PressForProgress, following on from the recent Global Gender Gap Report, which predicted it would take 217 years for the world to reach gender parity – an unacceptable 50 years longer than was predicted in 2016.

"At Thompsons, we are very proud of the fact that our Executive Board is gender-balanced, women make up almost three-quarters of our workforce and our LLP membership is 45.5 per cent women, well above the legal sector average of 30 percent."

Michelle Cronin of Thompsons Solicitors

During International Women's Day, people are being encouraged to commit to maintaining a gender parity mindset, challenging stereotypes and bias, forging positive visibility of women, influencing others' beliefs and actions, and celebrating women's achievements in all walks of life.

Michelle Cronin, director of people, finance and infrastructure at Thompsons Solicitors, said: "Yet again, the annual Global Gender Gap Report has highlighted the extent of gender inequality across the world. Even worse is the fact that the gap between men and women is actually increasing, and at an alarming rate.


"This shows exactly why International Women's Day is important. A lot of positive progress has been made over recent decades to ensure women get a better deal, both at work and outside of it, but much more needs to be done if we are to achieve the goal of gender parity.

"At Thompsons, we are very proud of the fact that our Executive Board is gender-balanced, women make up almost three-quarters of our workforce and our LLP membership is 45.5 per cent women, well above the legal sector average of 30 percent. By participating in the #PressForProgress campaign, we hope to encourage others to challenge bias and stereotypes, celebrate the success of women and improve the visibility of women in the workplace and society."

If you are a trade union member and you believe you have suffered discrimination because of your gender, you may be able to make a claim for compensation with Thompsons Solicitors. We have supported the trade union movement and its members for more than 90 years and are available to work with your union to bring a claim.