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Hundreds of women around the country took part in a demonstration on Saturday to protest about government cuts which they say unfairly impact women.
The Don’t turn back time demonstration was organised by the Fawcett Society and protesters dressed up in 1950’s housewife outfits. One was brandishing a plateful of cupcakes with flags in highlighting different areas the Government has cut.
The Fawcett Society says job losses in the public sector unfairly impact women because they make up the majority of public sector workers. Cuts to public services also disproportionately affect women, they say, because they are still the main carers and users of public services. They are also hit by the cuts in childcare support, with polls showing women having to give up their jobs because they can’t earn enough to justify childcare costs.
Speakers at the London demonstration included comedian Josie Long who called the Government “a 1980s tribute Government”. Tanya Gold, a journalist for the Guardian, spoke about the need to encourage flexible working for men and women so that they could share childcare and working equally and highlighted the continuing pay gap between men ad women.