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Equity’s Jean Rogers honoured by TUC for gender equality work

Equity councillor Jean Rogers, who has resigned. Photo: Claire Grogan Equity councillor Jean Rogers, who has resigned. Photo: Claire Grogan
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Equity councillor Jean Rogers has been awarded a Women’s Gold Badge by the Trades Union Congress for her work on gender equality.

Rogers, who is also a member of the TUC Women’s Committee, has been presented with the badge in tribute to her campaigning for equal rights for actresses.

It is the first time that someone from Equity has received the accolade.

She has previously called for gender balance in arts company boardrooms and has campaigned for better touring conditions for actors.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We’re delighted that our wonderful Jean has won the Women’s Committee’s Gold Badge.

“She has done incredible work with Equity, campaigning for everyone in the arts, and challenging unfairness, particularly the double discrimination faced by older women in acting. She’s a much-loved member of the TUC Women’s Committee, and we’re lucky to have her fighting our corner.”

Equity’s general secretary Christine Payne said: “Involvement in the TUC is very important for Equity and we have worked hard over recent years to demonstrate that our members are workers and need a strong union as much as other workers.

“This involvement relies on the input of members who give their time to volunteer to support their fellow members. Jean is one such volunteer who has made a remarkable contribution in supporting women in both Equity and in the wider trade union movement. We are proud that her contribution has been recognised by the TUC and we are delighted that she has received the Women’s Gold Badge.”