What hope for women?

Zaha Hadid, arguably the world’s most visible female architect, may have been on Desert Island Discs last week, but for less tall poppies the news isn’t great.

Zaha Hadid, arguably the world’s most visible female architect, may have been on Desert Island Discs last week, but for less tall poppies the news isn’t great. 

The latest Women in Architecture survey, run by The Architectural Review, finds that conditions for women are actually getting worse, with the gender pay gap increasing.

The findings include the following: 

· Female directors, partners and principals of UK firms are taking home £20,000 less than their male counterparts

· One in five of women surveyed say they would not encourage a woman to start a career in architecture

· Nearly 40% of women architects in the UK, and over 40% of those elsewhere, think they would be paid more if they were a man

· Nearly three quarters (72%) of women worldwide say they have experienced sexual discrimination, harassment or victimisation during their career in architecture.

The problems have been acknowledged for years, and various practices talk about their commitment to improving things. And yet they continue to get worse. Depressing.

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