The issues facing women born in the 1950s are nothing new to those who are living them, dreaming them, struggling with them, but not everyone truly understands the outrageous injustice, the disastrous impact and the suffering many women are experiencing.
Funded by the women affected by the changes to the State Pension age (SPa) a documentary which highlights the injustices and impact, was released yesterday (28th November ’17).
The documentary One Voice dramatically illustrates the personal experiences of just 6 women who are a representation of the millions of women suffering similar, life-changing circumstances. One Voice explores the financial, practical and psychological consequences of a delayed pension.
The aim of the documentary is twofold. It is a plea for all women affected by the changes to come together, work together and focus their attention as One Voice. Secondly, and understandably, it is to alert those who are not truly aware of the plights of this particular cohort of women, to the circumstances surrounding the increases to, and the consequences of, the SPa changes.
When a woman who has worked all her life, under the assumption she would be entitled to a pension – as a right, not a benefit – when she turned 60, is suddenly faced with the news that it is to be delayed by anything up to 6 years, with little or no notice, there was bound to be a knock on effect. The women talk of ill health, suicidal thoughts, self harming, suicide, losing their properties, poverty and choosing between heating their homes and eating. One resounding message voiced by the women is that they did what was expected of them: they worked hard at school, continued to university, trained for specific occupations and worked hard throughout their lives, taking time off to raise children, but returning to work as soon as possible afterwards. The message is one of injustice; they have played their part in society and the contract they made with the government has been changed by stealth – not once, but twice.
Sandwiched between the very oldest generation and the younger generations, who are dependent on this cohort of women to care for both groups, they are already being pushed by both sides but they face a further dilemma no civilised society should place on anyone. Intrinsically they want to commit to and support their families, the conditions placed upon them – by the DWP – make it impossible to both look for work full time (as Job Seeker’s agreements dictate) and care for the more vulnerable members of our society.
One Voice gives a powerful message to politicians who have the power to change the lives of over 3 million women, it includes personal and direct messages to the Prime Minister Theresa May – a women of the 50s herself.
The author is a women born in the 1950s and founder of the group Three Score Plus.
A little self pampering can be amazing for the mind and body.
Why not book or persuade a friend to give you a manicure or massage?
If they’re not possible, light your favourite smelling candle and have a long soak in a bubble bath.
We all have to eat, indulge in your favourite food or chocolate. Set the table, light a candle, put on your favourite music and savour the moment.
Even putting on your most comfortable pyjamas and watching an old movie can be pure indulgence.
Which one will you try first?
Show yourself a little kindness
If life is a struggle it’s sometimes easier to focus on the negatives and forget to enjoy and embrace the positives. When everything in life is overwhelming, we often don’t know where to begin to make necessary changes.
The core of your life is you.
Show yourself a little kindness.
This short series of posts will help give focus to you: your mind, your body and your very being.
Sit right down and write yourself a letter
If you had a friend going through a tough time, what would you say to them? How would you show that you cared?
You are most likely to be kind, you would be supportive, you might inject humour and remind them of the good times you’ve shared. You might refer to their current situation and tell them how brave they are. You might tell them how special they are to you and point out aspects of their manner and personality you most like, admire and respect. Most of all you would be gentle and caring, you would show love and kindness.
Why not sit down and write a letter and address it to yourself?
Cooking on a budget doesn’t just mean using cheaper ingredients; attention to the energy required to produce the meals is equally important.
This video shows 7 microwaveable meals – aimed at students cooking in halls, but they’re equally relevant to anyone else.
If you try them, please report back and give us your verdict.
The Women and Equalities Committee has reopened its inquiry into older people and employment, looking at current Government policies to help people extend their working lives, and considering further steps which could be taken to tackle issues including age discrimination.