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Trouble with Working Women, The

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 2x60 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2009
Available in French: No

Two provocative programmes presented by news-reader and mum-of-three Sophie Raworth, and reporter and father-of-three Justin Rowlatt examine the ongoing gender inequities that exist in the workplace today.  There are plenty of arguments along the way, but Sophie and Justin do manage to reach a conclusion.

Programme 1:  Why Can't a Woman Succeed Like a Man?
In a competitive mood from the off, Justin and Sophie explore the thorny issue of what we really think of women at work. Why is it that men still dominate the top jobs? Can women have it all? Has gender equality gone too far? And what - if anything - is holding women back?

Programme 2:  Why Can't a Woman Earn as Much as a Man?
In the second programme, we look at pay, asking why there is still a pay gap several decades after the Equal Pay Act. Presenters Sophie Raworth and Justin Rowlatt want to find out why the average pay gap is 17 per cent. And it is not just professional curiosity; as parents of girls, the pair really want to know.

On their journey Sophie and Justin meet professionals, mums and academics, and do some of their own tests, asking whether it is just sexism at play or if there are more complex reasons. Could it be that women are actually choosing to earn less?

And they find some shocking facts: in the US thin women earn more than fat women; girls who go to single-sex schools go on to earn more; and hundreds of thousands of women in the UK are illegally being paid less than their male counterparts.

The programme also features specially commissioned surveys that throw new light on the debate.