With Women’s History Month coming to an end, it has created some thought-provoking discussions in the NKR office. Our team consists of 3 females and 2 males and we are sure to make our voices heard!
Here we are in 2022; in a world that appears to be progressive and fair. Yet, females are still facing many issues that men would never have to consider in their lifetime. Women are still subjected to bias, stereotypes and discrimination. Imagine a world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries people began to agitate for the right of women to vote. In 1893 New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote on a national level. This movement grew to spread all around the world, and thanks to the efforts of everyone involved in this struggle, today women’s suffrage is a right under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979).
When researching women’s rights, I came across some things we take for granted in today’s society that females could not have done as little as 50 years ago: vote; get a divorce; wear trousers; have their own passport if they were married; equal pay (ongoing); serve in a jury; hold a job if they were pregnant; complain about sexual harassment; compete in sports; own a property if they weren’t married.
With major women’s rights progression occurring over the last 50 – 100 years it has given us as females, many other opportunities. Recent reports have shown that the total UK landlord population now exceeds 2.65 million people, with 1.1 million being female. Therefore, there are now more women in the property industry than ever before. Not only are women investing but more and more are showing an interest in investing in property. This number has increased year on year and there are no signs that this is going to slow down any time soon.
So, Woman’s History Month may be coming to an end but let’s not forget: women are a force to be reckoned with in the real estate market. This is certainly the case at NKR!