first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. The age-old battle for equality goes onI have a large file on my desk marked ‘equality’. Currently, I am working myway through it to ensure my organisation is ready to comply with the lawsgoverning all forms of discrimination. So far, I am happy to say I haven’t discovered any huge discrepancies of paybetween the genders – but then I am only a quarter of the way through the file.It is a hard slog, despite my belief in equal rights. So I took a night off tovisit the Queen’s theatre in London. On the advice of a Personnel Today journalist – the one who calls me at oneminute to noon every Monday to harangue me for my column – I saw a play calledThe Tamer Tamed. It was written by a man called John Fletcher (1579 – 1625)about 20 years after The Taming of the Shrew. Penned as a sequel and with theblessing of Shakespeare himself, Fletcher charts the second marriage of thecentral male character Petruchio (his first wife died after he brought her toheel). Petruchio is reduced from a beer-swilling, arrogant pig into a doting,empathetic husband after Wife Two decides she is simply not putting up with hissexist behaviour. In desperation, he fakes symptoms of the plague, but sheoutwits him, sparks a small but powerful women’s revolt and comes outvictorious. Extraordinary, but also utterly shameful for today’s society that a playwritten in the 17th century virtually airs line by line the same equalitydebate that still rages on today. Pay inequities, for example, remain a particular problem. But how manyorganisations are doing something about it? Not many, I’ll bet. By now youshould be conducting equal pay audits, not simply ignoring the whole issuebecause it’s just too big to face up to, and your board can’t work out how tomake the books balance if you discover some huge shortfalls. C’mon HR: this is a call to arms. It’s up to us to champion equal pay onceand for all. Are you on board? Hartley, our new weekly columnist with strong opinion, is an HR directorat large HR HartleyOn 24 Feb 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more