Telegraph View: What message do we pass on?

Women get paid less than men and girls are less likely to be the boss.

Thursday, 12th April 2018, 15:25 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th April 2018, 15:26 pm
Editor Nancy Fielder

These are indisputable facts, sadly.

The new reports into the gender pay gap are startling, depressing and entirely predictable. What message does it send to today’s girls and women of the future?

Let’s hope it makes them certain that they don’t have to keep repeating this same old cycle. Let’s hope that rather than depressing them, it rallies them to take action.

Some of these teenage girls will be voting for the first time on May 3. If they bother. Are we inspiring them to understand the difference politics can make or putting them off completely?

We all remember the passion and belief in change that drives us all as teenagers. Shouldn’t we be doing more to capture that and use it for good? They are the leaders of the future after all.

There are many issues on which youthful enthusiasm would be a huge gain, particularly some of the most prominent ones.

An elected mayor could make an enormous difference to the fortunes of our area but there are massive hurdles to overcome first ... not least persuading Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield councils to work together – then getting the necessary money and powers from the Government. Our new local democracy team, who you’ll read about on Pages 8 and 9, have the challenge of trying to make politics interesting and politicians more accountable on the real issues that drive this city. They will do that far more effectively if the people of Sheffield guide them with the issues bothering their generation or their neighbourhood. You don’t need a perfectly orchestrated PR campaign to bring issues into the spotlight. The problems that seriously need tackling often aren’t top of the news agenda because those worst affected don’t have public voices. That will only change slowly and together.