Gender equality is impossible without health equality
“While women in the UK on average live longer than men, women spend a significantly greater proportion of their lives in ill health and disability when compared with men.
And while women make up 51% of the population, historically the health and care system has
been designed by men, for men.This ‘male as default’ approach has been seen in research and clinical trials, education and training for healthcare professionals, and the design of healthcare policies and services.
This has led to gaps in our data and evidence base which mean that that not enough is known about conditions that only affect women, for example menopause or endometriosis.
It has meant that not enough is known about how conditions that affect both men and
women impact them in different ways, for example cardiovascular disease, dementia, or
mental health conditions. It has also resulted in inefficiencies in how services are delivered,
for example we know that many women have to move from service to service to have their
reproductive health needs met, and women can struggle to access basic services such as
Women's Health strategy for England August 2022
"To Carry" is to move or support someone or something from one place to another - in health, wealth and business.
How we work
We work with emerging Femtech entrepreneurs and established women led businesses. Many of the rules we’ve lived with for decades need breaking. CarriMe focuses on looking forward, but with awareness that the historic journey is one to remember.
From ceilings to cliffs..
Marilyn Loden first coined the phrase “glass ceiling” while speaking as a panelist at the 1978 Women’s Exposition in New York. As a fill-in for her employer’s only female executive, Loden was invited to discuss how women were to blame for the barriers preventing them from advancing in their careers. Instead, she spoke about deeper, ignored issues that historically kept women from occupying positions of authority: the glass ceiling. The glass cliff is a closely related term, but refers to a phenomenon wherein women tend to be promoted to positions of power during times of crises, when failure is more likely. This could occur in fields as diverse as finance, politics, technology, and academia.
While the more common glass ceiling presents a barrier to reaching the highest executive levels within their respective organizations, the glass cliff addresses the tendency to place women who have broken through it into precarious positions, making it likely their performance will falter, as if they are at risk of falling off a cliff.