What you can do to champion gender equality

You only have to glance at a few statistics on gender in the UK design industry to know that design has a gender problem. While 70 per cent of design graduates are female, around 40 per cent of designers are women, and just 11 per cent make it to creative director level. Like most industries, there’s also a significant gender pay gap – research by SJD Accountancy shows women are paid upwards of 25 per cent less than their male counterparts.

These issues are pertinent all year round, but International Women's Day (IWD) tends to push them into the spotlight. In aid of IWD 2019, we asked leading female creatives what we can all do to address the gender imbalance in the design industry, and also look at organisations and resources that can help everyone – regardless of their gender – work towards change.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.