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The first time I wrote about the problem of state pension inequality for 1950s women was back in 2016. I mentioned the 'cold hard knot of anger' - that's not gone away. #waspi #StatePension newstatesman.com/politics/femin…
Then I had another go a couple of weeks later. newstatesman.com/politics/femin… #waspi #statepension
And I wrote another piece in March. I wish I could feel as though any of it made a difference. newstatesman.com/politics/econo… #waspi #StatePension
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Here we go, then, with a Cosmopolitan from 1981. There is some upsetting stuff about sexual violence in this batch, so please mute or unfollow if you need to. x
Very much the theme of magazines around this era: be careful, girls, don't ask for too much equality because it might upset the guys and we really don't want to do that.
In fact, here is the possible effect of feminism on a decent man. You've been warned.
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Just to tip you off, tonight's vintage mag clippings will be about the tax system and how it discriminated against women in the 70s, 80s and 90s. The effects of those policies are of course still being felt by #waspi women.
OK, remember the Equal Opportunities Act of 1975/6 that was supposed to bring parity to women's financial status? here's what it left out.
Here are some of the impacts of those exclusions, in 1976.
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Tonight's vintage mag tweets are about women's access to education, and the points where they've been restricted either through institutional bias or individual.
Were you a girl who went to a grammar school? If so, well done. You had to get a higher pass mark than a boy sitting the same exam.
Oh yes, you read that right.
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News from Planet #WASPI
According to a usually well informed source, as of last week, #WASPI have 4 new Directors - Cheryl Sloane, Lila Bennett, Norah Hickey and Rosemary Dickson. It is presently unclear what their responsibilities are.
There's also said to be 'elevated positions' for 10 of Anne Keens most trusted lieutenants
Pat Tartellin, who resigned as a Director on April 3 2017, is understood to have made a temporary return.
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In tonight's vintage mag tweets, I'll show just a few of the ways male employers tried to wriggle out of the 1976 Equal Pay Act.
Even when female workers managed to take their fight to the EOC and win, firms would launch a counter-appeal to delay having to pay them the proper wage.
Although sometimes they were 'lucky' and the boss breaking the law gave in without too much fuss.
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