During the PostFinance RealTalk held in Lausanne on 15 June 2023, former professional tennis player Timea Bacsinszky and writer and columnist Benjamin Décosterd discussed the subject “The gender pay gap: why money matters” with host Margaux Habert. This was the first RealTalk held in French-speaking Switzerland, following the inaugural event in Zurich last January.
Both speakers revealed that they had no issues discussing money with their partners and went on to address the topic of equal pay in their respective fields of sport and culture. Following the Swiss women’s strike on 14 June, the debate pivoted naturally towards women’s rights and equal opportunities, which looks very different in their two fields. On the subject of parental leave, for example, Benjamin would support the idea that “both parents should be required to take the same amount of leave for two or three generations. If leave can be divided flexibly, it risks perpetuating the habit that it’s the woman who stays at home for longer.” The speakers found common ground on the matter of independence, which they feel “allows us to set our own prices.”