2018 marks the centenary of the first women securing the right to vote and is a milestone for gender equality. This year more than ever, Women’s History Month is an important moment to celebrate the fact that women are leading at every level of society in London – in public service, the arts, politics, science and in business – and are inspiring Londoners across our city to fulfil their potential
But it is also a time to take stock of how much there is left to do to tackle the huge inequalities women still face. As a proud feminist in City Hall, I’m committed to doing everything I can to remove the barriers to success women in London face today. In 2018, it is simply unacceptable that your gender can still determine your opportunities in life, how much you get paid and your career prospects. There are still too few women in public life, in board rooms and on our screens. This is just not good enough.
I am delighted to support Women’s History Month, and in this momentous year, I pledge to redouble my efforts to fight for gender equality. There will be a range of events taking place across the capital, such as the brilliant Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre and International Women’s Day will see activity right across the country.
This year and beyond, through my #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, I will be encouraging Londoners to celebrate the women of all backgrounds who make London the greatest city in the world as well as working with London’s leading industries to support real positive change. I want London to not only be the best city in the world to be a woman, I want it to be a trailblazer in fighting gender inequality in all its shapes and forms.
Mayor of London