Who is she?
Julie Hayward won the first equal pay case in British history. A worker in the kitchens of the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Julie contested that the skills required for her job meant she should be paid the same as her male colleagues.
Julie’s case focused on the fact that while she worked in a kitchen, the skills required to do her job and the level of training she needed to have were equal to some of her male colleagues who worked in the shipyard.
Her case went on for 10 years and was finally won in the House of Lords.
Why should we thank her?
Julie’s case was the first in the UK to accept the principle of equal pay for work of equal value. While the gender pay gap around the world and in Australia is still TERRIBLE, we have women like Julie and Lilly Ledbetter to thank for continuing to highlight and challenge pay inequity.