Louise Scodie

Louise Scodie is a presenter for London Live.

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Why aren't employers hiring older women?

We need assurance we’ll be able to carry on working well past middle-age

Fly the nest? If only we could afford to

Many of my peers stayed at home into their late 20s and 30s

Britain's youngest mum is lucky to have a father who is supporting her while society condemns

It’s devastating to think of someone so young becoming a mother, but she also needs her father's support at this time

Fair's fair: Let's have body hair equality

Beauty products should make us feel better, not worse. The sooner that the likes of Veet drop their outdated gender agenda, the better

Bullseye: Katniss Everdeen, as played by Jennifer Lawrence, is a hero for girls and boys

Hollywood needs more real women

The Weinsteins of this world need to take this research seriously

Education Secretary Michael Gove answers questions during the ASCL Annual Conference in Birmingham last week

You can be an expert in your field, but that doesn't make you a good teacher

Gove's plan to let unqualified staff into schools needs a rethink

A collector adjusts her My Little Ponys as they are displayed at the International My Little Pony Convention at Redwood Hotel and Country Club, near Bristol on October 26 2007 in England. Fans of the toys were in the city to celebrate twenty five years of My Little Pony

Parents, if your son wants to go to school with a My Little Pony lunchbox - let him!

Here's proof that the responsibility for gender stereotyping lies with adults

A bribe isn’t the way to quit smoking

If you’re doing something that’s bad for you – it’s far more helpful to look at the cause in order to break the habit

Britain ranks among the worst countries in Europe when it comes to women being violently abused

The horrifying report on assaults against British women must lead to change

Our whole approach places the burden on the victims rather than the attackers

If you want social mobility, don’t blame everything on the past

Blaming someone else for your fate is disempowering and useless

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there