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Which way would we vote? Take a guess!

Dear  , 

Do you know what argument the Suffragettes used in 1900 when they demanded votes for women? That’s right: money! In everyday life, women of all classes were managing their often tight household budgets, making countless sensible, forward-looking purchase decisions. So anyone who can plan, manage and negotiate expenditure day-in, day-out, can also go out to vote every few years and make political decisions, they argued.

Fortunately, it has now long been taken for granted in most countries around the world that women vote and get involved in politics. Quite a few of them even pursue the business of government as their main occupation – and some of them have done this for so long, and so successfully, that we actually need to explain to our children that boys can also become Chancellor in Germany!

This is particularly relevant this month, when Germany elects a new government and a new male or female Chancellor. But despite all the progress made to date, there’s still plenty of room for improvement when it comes to equality: there is still a shortage of women in business and politics, above all in leadership roles and in well-paid professions and positions. And women are still paid less than men.

It’s high time to put an end to this, as German Federal Minister of Labour Hubertus Heil agrees. In fact, he’s assumed the patronage of the UNIVERSAL FAIR PAY CHECK in Germany. He says the pay gap is a disgrace to the economy, and lower pay for women is not only unworthy, but does not make economic sense either. The Minister quotes the politician Regine Hildebrandt: Don’t tell me it can’t be done! Or to put it another way: No more excuses!

I have to agree.

Use the Bundestag election to choose equality – and vote for fair pay in your company. Run the UNIVERSAL FAIR PAY CHECK to ensure discrimination-free pay structures and close all other pay gaps as well as the gender pay gap, too.

We’re working to make it even easier to implement. Since the last PayAnalytics release, which is currently the best pay software in the world (of course, I’m totally biased) now has a particularly great feature: the UNIVERSAL FAIR PAY CHECK Button. Pressing just one key is all it takes to get certified.

So with all this spare time you can discuss with me what else is needed to implement fair pay swiftly: the Freiburg Entrepreneurs’ Symposium spotlights women in leadership roles; at Catalyst a better working world for women, and this year's World at Work conference is all about pay expertise. In Munich, the herCareer event focuses on ending secrecy around salaries; and at Employers for Equality, there are plenty of best practice ideas for fair pay. As always, companies that participate in the UNIVERSAL FAIR PAY CHECK  are invited to take part in our next regular meet-up for future Fair Pay Leaders, which this time is exclusive and takes place in a confidential session in mid-October.

I’m looking forward to swapping ideas with you!

With early autumnal greetings,
Henrike von Platen

Certification on the button

PayAnalytics, currently the best software around for pay analysis, has gained a very special feature since its last release. By pressing a single key, companies can get certified with the UNIVERSAL FAIR PAY CHECK.


No more excuses

Hubertus Heil, Germany’s Federal Minister of Labour, has assumed the patronage of the Universal Fair Pay Check Awards in Germany – and is encouraging firms to show greater transparency.


Best Practices Exchange

All companies participating in the UNIVERSAL FAIR PAY CHECK are welcome to take part in our regular meet-up for future Fair Pay Leaders. The next date is mid-October.


Virtual conference: World at Work

This year's Total Rewards Association conference will bring together international experts Oct. 11-13, including a workshop with PayAnalytics founder Margrét Bjarnadóttir and FPI founder Henrike von Platen.


A better working world for women

How can unjustified income gaps be closed? That's the topic on September 20 at Catalyst, a nonprofit organization that has been working since 1962 to create a working world that works for women.


International Pay Transparency Conference

At the end of July, over 100 speakers, experts and interested parties from around the world discussed the latest developments in pay equality with us, and forged plans for implementing fair pay.


Women in leadership roles

At the 5th Freiburg Entrepreneurs’ Symposium on September 22 and 23, the focus is on Female Leadership. In a workshop for entrepreneurs and decision-makers, Henrike von Platen shows how fair pay ensures that there are more women in leadership roles. There are still places available!


Fair pay for companies

Clear-cut best practice ideas for implementing fair pay in corporate practice will be shared during an Employers for Equality master class with Henrike von Platen on October 6.


End secrecy about salaries!

On September 17, at the authors’ meet-up during the careers trade fair herCareer in Munich, Henrike von Platen introduces her book “Über Geld spricht man” [“Let's talk about money”]. If you’d like to be there, please let us know -we have 20 FREE day tickets to give away!


Sign now: Fair Pay for all!

The Stade Declaration was developed at the international conference “Fair Pay – how are things better in Scandinavia?” The call for fair pay can now be signed online.


Drop in for a coffee at Planet Fair

Two women, one coffee, big plans – in the Friday Coffee Talk from Planet Fair, the pay gap experts Margrét Bjarnadóttir and Henrike von Platen talk about their week for exactly eight minutes every Friday.



One award process for all pay-related questions: have your company fair pay certified by us now!



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