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UK bosses join Hollywood fight for gender equality

Oprah Winfrey accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018

‘I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” Oprah Winfrey said in her Golden Globes speech last Sunday, the ceremony’s most political in history.

But she wasn’t just talking about a new era in Hollywood. Sexism, she reminded everyone that evening, affects staff in the workplace all around the world. She listed farm workers and domestic workers, those working in factories and restaurants, people in academia, engineering, medicine, science, technology, politics, sports and business. 

“They’re the women whose names we’ll never know,” she told a room of celebrities wearing black in protest against gender inequality.  

Any chief executive watching last week will know she hit the nail on the head. Just as Winfrey gave her speech in California the BBC’s China editor Carrie Gracie resigned from her role due to pay inequality with male colleagues.

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