As patron of the charity Wellbeing of Women since May, the Countess of Wessex launched their new campaign during a Zoom roundtable event on Tuesday. The “Menopause Workplace Pledge” she introduced is to be signed by employers who certify they will offer new ways for their employees to healthily go through menopause in the workplace.
According to the charity, which is dedicated to funding research across women’s reproductive and gynaecological health, 900,000 women have quit their job due to menopause symptoms in the UK.
As Sophie Wessex explained it, these “people suffer in silence” because menopause itself has been “slipped under the carpet” as a taboo.
“Women having to leave the workplace because of menopause is tragic,” she said.
“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.
Sophie Wessex has been labelled an ‘asset to the royal family’ by royal fans.
900,000 women have quit their job due to menopause symptoms in the UK.
“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.”
In support of the Countess, many Royal fans praised Sophie for her inspiration and heartfelt message.
‘We are fabulous in our 40s, and we are even more fabulous in our 50s,’ said Sophie Wessex.
‘Women having to leave the workplace because of menopause is tragic,’ said the Countess.
“Thank you Sophie! It’s brilliant that you are speaking out about this,” said @FireIndomitable on Twitter.
“Sophie is so wonderful, she’s been such an amazing voice for so many,” added @KatesPowerSuit.
“Thank you HRH Countess of Wessex for using your role, position, and voice for such an important issue as women’s health during menopause. Along with being such an inspiring role model for women,” wrote @Roisin_Ni.
Over on Instagram, other fans were similarly delighted.
“Sophie is such a gem. The Royal Family and the World is lucky to have her,” said Pamierg8.
“Sophie truly is an asset to the royal family! I love her passion and support for women, well said Sophie,” added Royalty.crown.
The Countess of Wessex shared details about her personal journey with menopause during another video call with the Wellbeing of Women’s chair Professor Dame Lesley Regan last September.
“You suddenly can’t remember what on earth it was you were talking about.
Sophie Wessex, 56, went on to say that menopause should be celebrated.
“Try being on an engagement when that happens.
“Your words just go.
“And you’re standing there going, ‘Hang on, I thought I was a reasonably intelligent person’.
“What has just happened to me?
“It’s like someone has just gone and taken your brain out for however long before they pop it back in again, and you try and pick up the pieces and carry on,” she said.
Sophie Wessex, 56, went on to say that this new chapter of life after menopause should be celebrated.
“Really, we should be celebrating the fact that we don’t have to have periods anymore.
“It should be a liberation. But it feels like it’s a shackle.
“Because it’s been described as something that’s incredibly negative.
“And, one, yes it’s an admittance of the fact that we’re getting a bit older; we’re not as young as we were before.
“We’re not being, to use the word ‘productive’.
“We’re past that stage, which is quite a moment isn’t it?”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK