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Commission on older women in public life: The call for evidence

by on April 19, 2013

This piece by Jean Rogers on the Totally4Women website gives some further information on the Commission set up by Harriet Harman (Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport) looking at older women in public life.

Its focus is primarily on the following three areas and how they are inter-related:

  • Older women in the workplace
  • Older women and their caring responsibilities
  • Older women in the media and public life

The aim of the Commission is to examine the pressures faced by today’s generation of older women to ensure public policy properly considers their lives and better reflects their experiences and expectations.

According to the article, the union Equity has been invited to submit written evidence to the Commission and are preparing a report on the lack of film and TV drama roles for older women and on  the unequal representation of women’s lives and stories in the media.

We have tried to find out more information about who has been invited to submit evidence to the Commission (particularly in relation to older women in the workplace) but so far have not been able to find out very much. If anyone has further details, we would be very interested to hear.

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