Greenham women began the 1980s imagining a molten world victim to the posturing of the men who ruled it. In this nightmare, only their children survived, swollen and deformed by a nuclear winter, while they stood in silent horror, helpless. What they did next would transform their lives, and thirty years on the legacy of their protest is still keenly felt.
Political rhetoric and featherweight policy solutions disguise the fact that single parents are among the biggest losers of the recession. The Women’s Budget Group found that single parents will lose 15.1 per cent of their disposable income to austerity policies.
When Jen Smith’s employer went bust she lost control of a life she had spent 20 years building. It took only a few years for life to unravel. In three years Jen got just four interviews and no job. Soon she had to remortgage the one-bedroom flat she shares with her daughter.