We welcome the recommendations put forward by the Women
and Equalities Committee report into the menopause. For too long, women have
quit their jobs, reduced their hours and passed up promotions due to lack of
support in the workplace.
This has serious implications for the health and wellbeing
of women, the economy and wider society. It contributes to the gender pay gap,
the pension gap, and poor representation of women,
while denying businesses and organisations of the vital contributions that
The menopause can have an impact on many women and in
different ways. There needs to be greater awareness of menopause in the
workplace, including the range of symptoms that can be experienced, to make sure women feel able to
seek help and for line managers to know how best to support their
As our Menopause Workplace Pledge campaign has shown, even simple measures can
be effective – such as introducing menopause policies, offering flexible
working and time off for appointments, and providing guidance for managers.
The importance of enabling an open and positive culture in
the workplace, including normalising conversations without fear, shame or
embarrassment, should not be underestimated as stigma and taboo around the
menopause still persist.
Many women with menopause symptoms still struggle to
access good evidence-based information, and healthcare services, whether a GP
or menopause specialist, leading to
delays in getting a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. It is good to see this
report making recommendations on how to address these ongoing issues.
As the report states, there is still a long way to go to
make sure every woman is offered support and the Government must not lose
momentum, especially after the publication of the first Women’s Health
The key recommendations, such as appointing a Menopause Ambassador,
introducing mandated menopause policies, and reducing prescription charges,
would be a step in the right direction.
Women have suffered for far too long and it is crucial
that the right information, treatment, care and support are offered to those
who may need it and whenever they may need it.