True Equality for Women
Our Policies

Increasing female representation and closing the gender pay gap

Women don’t earn the same as men, and are denied access to necessary healthcare. An estimated two-thirds of low-paid workers in Ireland are women.

Labour in Government introduced gender quotas that will see a significant rise in the number of women in Dáil Éireann and legislated to give meaning to the judgement in the X case.

Our plan for the next five years:

  • Hold a referendum to remove Article 40.3.3 (the 8th Amendment) from the Constitution
  • Amend Article 42.1 dealing with the role of women in the home
  • Implement the recommendations of the National Maternity Strategy
  • Target 50% female participation in all state boards
  • Compel all large companies to publish their gender pay gap
  • Increase the Minimum Wage to a Living Wage which will especially advantage the two thirds of low-paid workers who are women
  • Deliver low-cost childcare to help primary carers access the labour market
  • Introduce a new Working Family Credit to better support women who want to re-enter the workforce