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Happy International Women’s Day to older and younger women everywhere

Happy International Women’s Day to older and younger women everywhere

5 years ago, I wrote this post on Facebook: “Happy International Women’s Day! To all the amazing women I know, from the first women in my life, my incredible and inspiring mother and my talented, gutsy, brilliant sister; to all the women I call friend – there are so many – you inspire me daily. But this world is still not the one I aspired for when I was 16 and had only just realised that I might be at a disadvantage because I was a woman. It had never occurred to me before then! 

30+ years on and it feels like not enough has changed. My challenge today to myself, and to my friends and family, men and women alike, because this is not a unilateral cause: What are you going to do to make change happen?? Let’s make action and intention collide.

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The language of ageing

The language of ageing

I’ve often thought about how so many of the words we use around ageing are negative (‘over the hill’, ‘the elderly’, ‘old biddy’) or how often judgemental terms creep in too. I’m thinking about terms like ‘positive ageing’, ‘ageing better’, ‘successful ageing’. And of course, while I support being positive about ageing, who gets to define what is ‘better’ or ‘successful’?

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