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Sophie Wessex says women forced to quit their career because of the menopause is ‘tragic’

Sophie Wessex says the number of women forced to quit their career because of the menopause is ‘tragic’ and over-40s should not be made to feel as if they have to ‘slope off into the shadows’

  • Sophie said women over the age of 40 were ‘fabulous’ and should be celebrated
  • She said they should not be made to feel as if they have to ‘slope into shadows’
  • The 56-year-old has previously spoken about her experiences of ‘the change’
  • This included how she would lose her train of thought when speaking in public


The Countess of Wessex has said the number of women forced to quit careers because of the menopause is ‘tragic’.

In an impassioned address, Sophie said women over the age of 40 were ‘fabulous’ and should be celebrated, not made to feel as if they have to ‘slope off into the shadows’.

Prince Edward’s wife, 56, has previously spoken about her experiences of ‘the change’, including how she would lose her train of thought when speaking in public.

Calling on employers to support women, the Queen’s daughter-in-law said: ‘Women having to leave the workplace because of the menopause is tragic.

In an impassioned address, Sophie said women over the age of 40 were ‘fabulous’ and should be celebrated, not made to feel as if they have to ‘slope off into the shadows’

‘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.

‘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.’

Prince Edward's wife, 56, has previously spoken about her experiences of 'the change', including how she would lose her train of thought when speaking in public

Prince Edward’s wife, 56, has previously spoken about her experiences of ‘the change’, including how she would lose her train of thought when speaking in public

The countess was taking part in a video discussion to launch the Menopause Workplace Pledge scheme which encourages companies to support affected employees.

The mother-of-two is patron of the charity Wellbeing of Women. Research suggests that up to 900,000 women in the UK have quit their jobs due to the menopause. 

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