There's more to politics than 'hard-working families”.
20% of women aren't mothers, and this is set to rise for the next generation. Isn't it time politics took into account the experiences, needs and potential of this massive and hidden group of voters?
Women without children are left out of almost all political rhetoric, with its near constant focus on ‘hard working families’. Women without children are part of society and pay their taxes to support the fabric of civil society that we all rely upon, and which parents rely on for their children's well-being. But their contribution is not recognised or valued. It is estimated that in the UK alone there are 1.6 million women without children in their forties and fifties whose needs go unnoticed by any political party. The Women’s Equality Party wants to make sure that we represent this significant group of women in our policies and, importantly, our social groups too.
How women and men communicate with women without children will be discussed also. Once it is established, in conversation, that a woman is in a relationship the next question is “Do you have children/how many children do you have?”. We need to stop this stereotypical questioning of women - we do not do it to men - and consider their needs socially. We will discuss this, how we can change the narrative, why women without children are often ridiculed on TV or called “cat lady” or worse. This seminar is about understanding and acceptance and will be important for every woman and man.
Our line up of speakers include Jody Day of Gateway Women, an international support group for childless/childfree women. Join Jody, Dawn Llewellyn and Liane Preston for an evening of education and understanding and an outline of how politics can embrace the needs of women without children. The seminar is on Monday 13th May at The Harrogate Club, Victoria Road, Harrogate. Tickets are limited to 65 and cost £6.35 (including admin fee)
Harrogate HG1 5PR
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