Thursday, August 10, 2006

Poor Old Dears

The government appears to have noticed something that us feminists have been banging on about for years: that very few women retire on a full state pension, compared to men. Well the reason is simple - it's because women often suspend their careers to raise families and therefore wind up not having enough years of N.I. contributions to qualify for full pension. Now it's not so much of a problem when there's an additional widow's pension available and the divorce rate is low. However these days that's no longer the case. The government's response? Tell women to save more! Or in other words make it completely clear to all and sundry that the government does not value home-making and child-raising as real work. My advice to women worried about their futures? Don't have kids, don't waste time and energy caring for elderly and ill relatives and don't even think about voluntary work - that way lies poverty.


Tom Degan said...

You've got a great blog here, Kate! I read your comments on AlterNet this morning and followed your link - I'm awfully glad that I did! Have a look at mine sometime!
All the best,
Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Kiko said...

Tracked you here from Alternet too, Cru. Wow, do you have that right!

Stop by Kiko's Place anytime for fun with cats and puppy dogs. Mumzy's Kitchen has some good stuff about disabilities and mind if I post your link also?

You too Tom.

Kiko (psyops)