Menopause and the Workplace- Government Response

Such a lot going on today in the world of menopause. Big news from parliament today, who have rejected moves for both menopause leave, and for recognising menopause as a protected characteristic. The main reasoning seems to be that moves to do such would in theory discriminate against men.

What does it all mean? Here’s all the links to everything you need to understand what this means for you and other menopausal people in your life.

Official Reports

Menopause and the workplace: Government Response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2022–2023 – Women and Equalities Committee (

On the radio

BBC Three Counties Radio – The JVS Show, Should women going through the menopause be given time off work?

BBC Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour, Probation service, women and mesothelioma, menopause and the workplace

BBC Radio Northampton – Annabel Amos, Fostering, menopause and the ‘Rushden Ritz’

BBC Radio Scotland – Mornings, with Kaye Adams

Global Player | Nick Ferrari

BBC Radio Tees – Scott Makin, 24/01/2023

BBC Radio Berkshire – Phil Kennedy, 24/01/2023

Check your local listings for more!

In the News

‘Menopause leave’ trial rejected by ministers – BBC News

Sexist attitude towards menopause policy suggests women in the workplace are ‘less important’, Tory MP says (

Menopause law rejected ‘as it could discriminate against men’ | News | The Times

Should workplaces offer women menopause leave? Vote here and tell us why… | Daily Mail Online

Government rejects calls from MPs for menopause leave trial | Evening Standard

Government rejects calls for ‘menopause leave’ as it could cause ‘discrimination against… – LBC

Government rejection of menopause leave trial could ‘drive women out of work’ | The Independent

Menopause leave trial rejected by government | UK News | Sky News

Penny Lancaster ‘deflated’ after Government rejects menopause leave trial | Evening Standard


On Social Media

Dr Louise Newson (@drlouisenewson) / Twitter

Menopause in the Workplace (@T4W_Henpicked) / Twitter

Menopause Mandate (@menopausemandate) • Instagram photos and videos

The Latte Lounge (@lounge_latte) / Twitter

Dr Louise Newson (@menopause_doctor) • Instagram photos and videos

Diane Danzebrink (@dianedanzebrink) • Instagram photos and videos

Balance Menopause (@balancemenopause) Instagram

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