Countess of Wessex Supports Campaign, Saying Women Leaving Work After Menopause ‘Tragic’

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Countess of Wessex Supports Campaign, Saying Women Leaving Work After Menopause ‘Tragic’


The Countess of Wessex has spoken of the “tragic” impact menopause has on some women in the workplace – too many employers failing to understand the debilitating effect it can have.

It’s not a topic you would necessarily expect a member of the Royal Family to talk about, but it’s an issue Sophie brought up after becoming the godmother of the Women’s Health Charity, Wellbeing of Women.

She is now supporting their campaign for more companies to support menopausal women and staff in the workplace.

Estimates from healthcare company Bupa suggest that 900,000 women in the UK have quit their jobs due to menopause.

Speaking at a virtual roundtable to launch the campaign, Sophie said: “Women who have to leave the workplace because of menopause is tragic.

“We’re fabulous in our forties, and we’re even more fabulous in our 50s, 60s and 60s and we need to celebrate that and keep the opportunities open for women.

“Together, we can support the thousands of women who are the backbone of our workforce.

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“We can’t let anyone leave the workplace thinking they need to go into the shadows. We need to be able to change that. “

Three in four women will have symptoms of menopause and one in four will have severe symptoms, such as anxiety, brain fog, poor concentration, fatigue, hot flashes and irregular and heavy bleeding.

Wellbeing of Women is now calling on all companies to sign their workplace menopause pledge as part of Global Menopause Awareness Month.

Bupa, PwC, HarperCollins UK, Santander UK and Tesco are some of the companies that have already signed up.

Professor Dame Lesley Regan, Chair of the Wellbeing of Women Chair, said: “In the UK there are almost five million women aged 45 to 60 who are working.

“The majority of these women will go through menopause, which frequently coincides with the peak of their careers, a time when they are most prosperous and productive.

“By supporting women, employers can help attract and improve employee retention, ensure a diverse and inclusive workforce, increase productivity, maximize employee well-being, and fill the gap. gender pay gap.

“When we do the right thing for women, everyone benefits, both in the workplace and beyond. “

Barbara Claypole described at the virtual launch event how she ultimately quit her job due to a lack of support at work.

She explained, “There is a real need for education and awareness within organizations to ensure that no employee feels as isolated as I am when I have been through menopause at work.

“Companies need to value the women they have in their workforce who are going through menopause, otherwise many will continue to leave.

“I now know that your career doesn’t have to end at the start of your menopause. “

In May, the Countess of Wessex, who is 56, became the first member of the royal family to speak openly about her experience of menopause.

In a surprisingly candid video call, she said, “You suddenly can’t remember what the hell you were talking about.

“Try to be in engagement when this happens, your words just go. And you’re standing there saying, “Wait, I thought I was a reasonably smart person. What just happened to me? “.

“It’s like someone just took your brain out for that long before they reappeared, and you try to pick up the pieces and move on. ”

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