BAD news lately as unemployment levels have reached a new high for the number of women out of work.
The last time so many women were without work was 1988, at the height of the problems caused by the recessions. Women are more represented in the public sector, beset by central government cuts, and more likely to be in lower paid jobs.
But we cannot give up on the future for our young women. So I was pleased recently to meet a group in my constituency which works practically to give girls and young women the confidence they need to succeed.
It’s a group I know well, as I used to go there myself when I was growing up in Bromborough: the local Guides.
Girl Guiding may be a traditional feature of our Wirral life, but they move with the times. They must do so, as the Bromborough Guides are as popular now as in my younger days. Perhaps it is the chance to experience new things, perhaps it is the self-confidence gained from other supportive women, or perhaps it’s just the fun and friendship, but I was bowled over by the positive attitude of the girls and young women that I met. We talked about what can be done about poverty and climate change, and I was impressed with their thoughtful approach to difficult issues.
Their group leaders tell me that they have a waiting list to join, and the only factor holding back the opening of more groups is the need for adult volunteers to organise the meetings.
I encourage anyone wondering about joining in to get in touch with the Bromborough Guides. Just ring my office on 645 6590 and we will put you in touch.