So, how do you feel in your 50s? Fabulous! Similar would be the response of the 56-year-old Sophie Wessex. She is enjoying her 50s and everything seems to be in full swing.
The Royals Standing For Female Rights
What appears to be a random comment isn’t what it appears to be at first. Sophie is well-aware of the condition in her country where an estimated 900,000 women have to step out of their professional careers due to hormonal changes that are inevitable during menopause. They face unique challenges when trying to balance caring for their health with their professional goals.
The woke citizen and mother of two, along with her husband Prince Edwards, have advocated for workplaces to create laws that make it easier for women to do both. While on a roundtable discussion to discuss the well-being of the ‘Women’s Menopausal Pledge’ campaign, Sophie said, “Women having to leave the workplace due to menopause is just tragic.”
Women Are Fabulous
Here is where the whole fabulous angle swoops in. Sophie further establishes the evergreen fabulousness of women in all their age groups and says, “We are fabulous in our 40s, and we are even more fabulous in our 50s, 60s, and 70s and we need to celebrate that and keep opportunities going for women.” This statement goes on to express that just because women have more physical challenges and hormonal changes coming through, it still does not make them any less capable of achieving anything.
She believes that taking a woman’s career away under the guise of menopause is unethical. Sophie wants opportunities for women open, especially when they are menopausal because it isn’t just simply right to snatch away a woman’s career from her on the pretext of something that is totally not under her control.
Call For Action
Renowned organizations like Santander and HarperCollins were part of this extensive roundtable discussion. While these well-established organizations candidly spoke about the changes they are already implementing in their workplaces to make the regime more female-friendly, Sophie called for a more widespread and comprehensive change that is all-encompassing.
She addressed the companies, which could also be considered as an appeal on a global level to all the organizations and businesses across the world to make their work-environment more women inclusive by taking into consideration the physical changes, hormonal imbalances, and life-altering events that women have no choice but to go through.
“Together, we can support the thousands of women out there who form the backbone of our workforce. We cannot let anyone leave the workplace, feeling that they have got to slope off into the shadows. We have to be able to change that.”
Let’s Talk About It- Periods And Menopause-Say It Out Loud
Periods are every woman’s truth. “It’s something that happens to us 12 times a year. It’s something that’s incredibly normal, but it’s something that is hidden. And I think it’s time to say ‘Enough, we need to bring this out onto the table and say, let’s talk about this.” However, it must be a celebration when it comes to an end, is also what Sophie believes in.
She believes menopause should be celebrated since the female body no longer has to bear the weight of painful periods, heavy bleeding, mood swings, and stomach issues. “Yes, it’s an admittance of the fact that yes, we’re getting a bit older, we’re not as young as we were before … and it’s quite a moment to admit it.”
Sophie is of the opinion that menopause should not be viewed as a robbery of a woman’s femininity. Instead, it should be viewed as a liberating event that allows women to become more intimate with their bodies and care for them in new and different ways.