OFN Friday News Digest
The OFN brings you a roundup of the week’s news relevant to Older Women.

Feminist dressed in purple had passion for women’s equality

DALE SPENDER: 1943-2023

“Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties.

Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions, for safety in the streets, for child care, for social welfare, for rape crisis centres, women’s refuges, reforms in the law.

If someone says, ‘Oh, I’m not a feminist’, I ask, ‘Why? What’s your problem?”

― Dale Spender, Man Made Language

At heart a teacher and a writer and always a feminist, Dale Spender lived a life driven by passion for women’s equality and for education. She published and edited more than 30 books and many more articles, book chapters and blog entries on feminism, women’s history and literature, education and new technologies. She brought numerous women along with her, attested by the number of publications written or co-edited with other established and new writers.

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Shere Hite: remembering the feminist sex researcher forgotten by time

A new documentary examines the work of bestselling author Shere Hite and her absence from the feminist canon

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Gender pay gap for UK women aged 40 and over ‘will not close till they are pensioners’

UK women aged 40 and older will not experience the closure of the gender pay gap until after they reach state pension age, according to a report by the Fawcett Society.

The Equal Pay Day 2023 report, “Making flexible working the default”, found that on average working women take home £574 a month less than men – or £6,888 a year.

Blaming a lack of flexible working in well-paid, high-quality jobs, the report found that women were forced to put up with less fair and less equal working arrangements in exchange for the flexibility required to balance their caring responsibilities.

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Older women ‘Rolling Solo’ find confidence and support while travelling alone

“I’m an empty nester, I’m on my own, I’m retired and meeting some amazing women … and we’re all in the same boat,”

The event is for female travellers aged between 40 and 85 and is now in its sixth year.

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