Letter: Power to change

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Sir: Anna Coote ("Feminists must back fathers", 17 May) says that for men to become closer to their children, women will have to move over. Having had four children and several career changes and re-starts, I have no small interest in this subject. What is required is pressure for change in working practices which would allow men and women to share the child- rearing role in the way that best suits individual couples.

This will have to come from women. Unfortunately they have very little power and many men who have the power to change things appear to be more than satisfied with the status quo.

Valerie Everitt


Greater Manchester