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So where is the equality?

Category: Blogger's Corner, International Women's day, equality, age, career

So where is the equality?

Having just celebrated International Woman's Day they are now saying that a woman's career ends at 45. Why? We're not losing our brainpower, if anything we have more to offer. Having fought for equality women seem to be losing equality.

It is only fair that women are treated the same. After all women have worked as hard as men to get where they are in their career.

But this isn't the whole argument, they are being overlooked by people who are younger and less experienced, so where is the sense in that? We all have bills to pay and possibly other members of the family to look after and finance.

I know the government is trying to get younger people into work so they can get a good pension and become independent of their parents, but people in their mid-fifties need the opportunity to be able to work and not have to rely on other people or the state.

It's all very well saying that people can retire in their mid-fifties but some may not be able to afford to do that as they won't get a pension that would keep them in their retirement, as we are living longer.

I also read some time ago that it is those in their 50's who are starting their own business in order to earn money. Soon there is going to be a glut of self-employed people, who are taking their skills elsewhere, and the big corporate firms will lack the experience of these people.

So while people who are in their 50's may be applying for jobs half-heartedly, possibly thinking that a younger person will get the job, where is the fairness in that?

More to the point the experience needed to do a specific job can only be gained by working for so many years and by taking on those who are in there mid-fifties there isn't a need to train them.

There is a need for fairness in employment for everyone to be respected whatever age they are.

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