While the suffrage movement succeeded in winning British women the right to vote a century ago, the fight for gender equality in the workplace still has a long way to go.

In a recent report, the World Economic Forum estimates that women will have to wait 217 years before they earn as much as men and have equal representation in the workplace.

An analysis by the Young Women's Trust of data from a survey of hours and earnings last year reveals that collectively, the UK's 15 million working women are missing out on $190bn each year, with the gap widening further when part-time work is taken into account.

"Some of it [the gender inequality] is due to direct discrimination and prejudice against women and some of it is due to indirect discrimination when women are treated less well for some characteristics which aren't just about being women - for example, for working part time," says Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research at Britain's Lancaster University.

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