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90th Anniversary of the first female cabbies

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

This month marks the 90th anniversary of women gaining the right to become licensed cab drivers. But 90 years on and there are still only a handful of women cab drivers in the country, with many people seeing the profession as a 'man's job'. Now cab driving, along with other male dominated jobs, is highlighted as part of a series of measures designed to break down barriers to women's achievement in the workplace.

Last year the Government launched an action plan to transform the working culture in Britain and improve opportunities for women to get on at work. A major part of the plan is a new national standard for all schools to ensure that careers advice and guidance offered to young people is free from gender stereotyping.

From April this year, all young people will have the right to individual careers advice - so if a girl wants to become a cabbie in 2007 she will be able to get appropriate careers advice.

Minister for Women and Equality, Meg Munn, said:

"The 90th anniversary of the first women cab drivers is an ideal opportunity to reinforce the Government's commitment to transforming the working culture in Britain for women.

"Our role is to help girls and women make meaningful and practical choices about how they live their lives and balance their responsibilities. That is why we have brought forward a whole raft of measures such as the right to request flexible working to support parents and carers.

"The new standards for career advice are just one measure which will help to shape cultural change by making girls aware of non-traditional career opportunities. All young people should receive careers information, advice and guidance which is free from gender stereotyping."

Meg is pictured with Jayne Devaney female cabbie in Manchester.

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