“Women in their fifties and sixties are being stretched in all directions – and it’s time their voices were heard”

Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper MP, took part in a fascinating discussion with GransNet, the website for grandparents, this week about the challenges facing middle-aged women, a group particularly badly treated by the recession.

The Gransnet debate is worth reading in full here, and the event inspired me to go out and hear from local women about the challenges they face. A couple of anonymous stories are below, and I have also pulled out some interesting points from the online discussion. Continue reading

WoW: Meet Senia, an inspirational woman on International Women’s Day

Senia Dedic, founder of WoW Mums

To mark International Women’s Day, I interviewed Senia Dedic, the remarkable founder of local group WoW Mums. This inspirational band of women support each other through some pretty hard times – and also find the energy to support the wider community through volunteer work. Continue reading