Laura Marks - International Women's Day 2018


Laura Marks, Association of Jewish Women


As a middle aged, white, Jewish women in 2018 with equal rights, equal pay and a loud voice, it’s easy to forget that the job on equality is far from won.  Im still campaigning for a louder female voice in our Jewish community but my passion, is for the women who are really struggling, hurting, and fleeing and those women don’t have a voice.

New figures show that 74% of British companies pay their men more than the women.

and In London men earn £70 billion more than women.

Whilst 700 million fewer women than men are in paid work around the world.

Inequality is also at the heart of gender-based violence, including domestic violence, sexual harassment, and rape in conflict. Violence against women affects, on average one in three women.

Women do at least twice as much unpaid care work, such as childcare and housework as men and more than 60 million girls and young women—some as young as 10—get married before the age of 18.

The world is an unfair place.

On March 4th women (and some great men) will gather in cities in Britain, for the March4women - a global movement for gender equality.   I’m hoping that Jewish women will come along. We can hold our banners high, and stand in sisterhood with women of all faiths, and none around the world highlighting inequality and injustice.

I’m so grateful to the women who came before me for campaigning for change for women in the past, and I hope that as Jewish women, we never  rest whilst people suffer.  

As we are taught, Tzedek, tzedek tirdof:  Justice, Justice we shall pursue.