AJ editor Christine Murray hit out at the ‘latent sexism’ in the industry and unequal pay during an interview with Jane Garvey on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour this morning
Talking about the shocking results of the AJ’s women in architecture survey on the programme, Murray highlighted that 70 per cent of those surveyed had experienced sexism at some point in their career yet, worryingly, many architects remained blind to the issue.
She said: ’ [In response to our survey] one man wrote that the “very ethos of the survey was an insult and a needless attempt at equality”. 33 per cent of men said the male/female ratio was about right in architecture and didn’t need to change. About 20 per cent said equal pay was not an issue at all.
‘It’s very disconcerting because you can’t tackle an issue that people don’t want to see.’
The radio interview follows the launch of the three new AJ awards in support of women in architecture, including the return of the prestigious Jane Drew Prize.
Murray went on to give some eyebrow-raising examples of sexism in the workplace. She told broadcaster Jane Garvey: ‘Women… were told they could have the job if they slept with one of the partners, [another] woman applied for a job at the same practice as her boyfriend and knew she was offered a lower salary, even though her qualifications were far higher.’
Murray also highlighted the pay gap affecting women directors: ‘Even when women get the title, they don’t necessarily get the pay.’
The deadline for nominations to the Jane Drew Prize, Woman Architect of the Year and Emerging Woman Architect of the Year is in two weeks’ time. The awards are part of the AJ’s campaign to raise the status of women in architecture.