The Equality Act 2010 states that it is illegal for an employer to treat you unfairly because of your sex. If you are working for the same employer you are entitled to the same terms of employment regardless of gender, provided you are doing similar work, or work of equal value. Although the Act applies equally to all, the emphasis seems to be placed on equality for women.

Support and advice

The following websites may be of use to you.

  • Fawcett Society Charity for women's equality and rights in work and in public life.

Finding gender positive employers

Graduate Employers

Your gender will not affect the graduate employers you can apply to. Although undeniably there are still sectors dominated by certain genders, many graduate recruiters are actively seeking a more gender balanced workforce, having seen the benefits it can bring. For example, employers in sectors such as engineering and IT may send female representatives to recruitment fairs in order to attract more female applicants. The following resources list employers seen as 'female friendly'.

Internships and Work Experience

Many employers in industries where women are under-represented run female only internships and insight programmes in order to boost applications. Some of these opportunities have been listed below.