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From ‘calm down, dear’ to ‘butch’, Harriet Harman won’t stand for this age discrimination, Leckie: We’re listening out for Scotland’s women

Harriet Harman: The great survivor’s big new challenge The Independent Outlining the role of Labour’s commission on women, she said: “It will challenge the notion that there are three ages of women: young and silly; having kids and being written off; and then being past it. “A new generation of older women are saying ‘no!’.

Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA WIRE

Generation of women hit by ‘toxic combination of ageism and sexism’ The Guardian Cooper’s comments come as Labour’s deputy leader, Harriet Harman, announced a new commission to tackle the issue of discrimination against women over the age of 50. The Commission on Women will be led by the former BBC Countryfile presenter …

Harriet Harman won’t stand for this age discrimination Telegraph.co.uk Launching Labour’s new commission aimed at tackling discrimination against women over 50, Harriet Harman vowed to challenge the notion that there are three ages of womanhood – “young and silly; having kids and being written off; and then being past it …

New Social Care Information Service to help women over 50 hit most by … carehome.co.uk The Labour Party has launched a new Social Care Information Service as part of the launch of a special older women’s commission to be chaired by MP Harriet Harman. Yvette Cooper, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Minister and Shadow Home …

Older Women ‘Hardest Hit By Slump’, Labour Party Claims Huffington Post UK Older women are being hit hardest by the government’s austerity policies, research carried out by the Labour party claims. Women over 50 make up the greatest proportion of an increase in the number of long-term unemployed since the coalition came to …

Women targeted on independence vote The Press Association A campaign which aims to encourage women to vote for independence in the forthcoming referendum is being launched with support from a key member of Jack McConnell’s team. Jeane Freeman, who was chief of staff to Mr McConnell when he was Labour first minister, said women should be “front and central” in the debate about Scotland’s future.

Scottish independence: Ex-McConnell aide urges Scots women to support UK split Scotsman (blog) Jeane Freeman, who was chief of staff to Mr McConnell when he was Labour first minister, said women should be “front and central” in the debate about Scotland’s future. Ms Freeman spoke ahead of the launch today of Women for Independence, which also …

Carolyn Leckie: We’re listening out for Scotland’s women Scotsman We want women who already support independence to download the toolkit, find a handful of women friends whose voting habits and intentions they know little about, and give them the space to talk politics. There’s also an online survey for women to take ..

From ‘calm down, dear’ to ‘butch’ New Straits Times TWO phrases, uttered carelessly in the febrile atmosphere of Britain’s weekly political sparring contest — prime minister’s question time — have come to haunt David Cameron, revealing thought-provoking attitudes on women and gender. The word “butch” has recently entered the political vocabulary here, after the prime minister accused Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party, of being insufficiently macho, noting that he brings his junior colleague, the shadow chancellor, coffee every morning.

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