Age and gender can combine to limit opportunities for older woman, says Carole Easton, chief executive of the Centre for Ageing Better. Women are driven out of the workplace earlier than men and have a much more difficult time finding a way back, she writes in an article to mark International Women’s Day. “The cumulative impact of this means that by age 50, women have saved an average of £56,000 – just half the amount saved by men. This imbalance will continue to exist unless there are fundamental changes in the workplace. Women’s roles need to be valued; the strengths, skills and knowledge of older people need to be rewarded and respected; pensions need to be equitable.”