The UK cannot afford to wait until 2069 for equal pay

Some women in Lancashire are earning up to 27% less than men for the same work. 

In fact, the National Centre for Social Research named two North West communities in their list of the ten worst local economies in the UK to be a woman. 

The EU and member states acknowledge the problem, but we are crippled by slow progress. In fact, one analysis this year estimates that the UK's gender pay gap will not be eradicated until 2069 - 99 years after the Equal Pay Act.

Here's my speech in Strasbourg, highlighting the need for a holistic solution which acknowledges the need for better, affordable childcare provision; vocational education for women; and boardroom gender equality.