Posted: 01/07/2016 at 10:08
Do you call it lucky that women weren't encouraged to have a career? It was much more like "just get a nice little job until you get married, dear" and teaching or nursing were seen by the majority as the only so-called "professional" jobs open to women. It wasn't just a "glass ceiling" - it was more like a cellar!
The age of pension entitlement was based on the average life-span of the population then - not now.
If a woman worked in a bank, for instance, when she got married she had to leave. Yes - fact - it happened to somebody I knew then. What triggered "Women's Lib "? - it was things like that.
As far as property/prices etc are concerned, the causes of the rise are many - and much of it is based on the banks etc who want to lend more than is often a sensible amount in order to increase their own share of the business. A house is only worth what somebody will actually pay for it - and if people are encouraged and allowed to borrow more than is wise they will use this to offer more.
Some of it is also down to the social changes we've seen - nowadays people don't continue to live with their parents and save until they can afford to buy a home of their own, No - they want their own independence before than can really afford to pay for it. I know that these days working people have to adjust to being more "mobile" geographically than used to be the case, but what really annoys me is the way that some people seem to feel they are entitled to almost everything, rather than having aspirations and ambitions and the patience and motivation to see things through.