Women make up 50% of the population yet they are little represented in politics. In the UK in the past when the UK had substantial industry, requiring manual labour, it suited men hence their dominance in the workforce.
As the UK with other industrial countries relies less on manual labour and more on brain power women are competing with men in the workforce, and some cases winning, in Medicine women outnumber men, in Law and other professions women are entering in great numbers.
This is a remarkable achievement in such a short time period. In his book ‘the great disruption’ one of the world’s public intellectuals Francis Fukuyama has written that one of the greatest changes in the 20th century has been the changing role and status of women.
Women having financial independence means they are no longer prepared to put up with abusive in-laws or spouse. The other interesting point in the book is that nearly all countries where women have gone in to the workforce the divorce rate have gone, one of the exceptions being Japan. In Japan women get educated, go into the workforce, have relationships, get married, and have children. In Japan many women as soon as they have children stop working, stay at home and look after the children. Perhaps we can learn something from the Japanese.
Personal freedoms and choices for women have social consequences for society. In nearly all societies as people are more educated and richer they have fewer children, a classic example of Brazil where it was not uncommon for women to have six children, it is average of two. Better education, healthcare, more opportunities for women, provided by the government have created these situations.
As I said earlier personal choices for women have social consequences, the low birth in some countries has fallen below the replacement rate, Japan being one, there is a ratio where you need so many workers for each retiree to support.
Many rich countries have tried to solve this problem by importing labour from other countries, in effect the immigrants have become the children, rich countries do not have
This may solve an economic problem in the short run but creates social problems in the long run. By becoming a more diverse nation, this gets reflected in the diverse politics leading to less consensus politics.
We are putting women in a terrible dilemma where they have to choose between a career or become mothers. It is very hard to be a mother and work, there is the old saying ‘women don’t have it all but are doing it all’. In the Good Society women should not have to make these tough choices. We need to organize society in such a way that women can work and be good mums
In the good society we should be able to reduce the working week to four days a week, it simply means working smarter not harder, it can be done the New Economics Foundation have produced a report how we can reduce the working to four days with any adverse affects on the economy.
In the present situation an increasing number of women are giving up very promising careers to look after their children. This is a terrible situation which women should not be forced to make. In some Nordic countries where female participation in the workforce is very high,many women have given up having children with disastrous social consequences for the country
Kind Regards
Tiger Moto

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