Optrafair discussion panel: Women in Optics

Part-time work, women in leadership roles and the future of optics were all discussed at Optrafair’s first Women in Optics panel. Jo Gallacher reports

Half a century will pass before the gender pay gap closes in the UK and just seven CEOs on the FTSE 100 list were women last year. Countless reports, statistics and newspaper columns all lead to the same conclusion: women still have a long way to go when it comes to achieving full equality in the workplace.

However, things may be better in optics, given that the College of Optometrist’s Optical Workforce Survey shows women have made up the majority of the workforce since 2009. Reflecting the times, this year’s Optrafair featured a BBC Question Time style Women in Optics debate to discuss issues within the industry.

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