Research on life in a small town in America led me to a local history reading room in western Colorado. There, I found a photocopy of a closely typed pamphlet titled Passing of the Two-Gun Era: Memoirs of the late Alva W. Galloway, Cowboy, Rancher, County Official and Businessman. It was bound with tape and cardboard and, according to a hand-scrawled note, written in 1940.
In response to this stalled development of women in the workforce, Prime Minister Abe pledged to create a society in which ‘all women can shine’. He acknowledged that women had long been an under-utilised resource in the Japanese economy and promised to boost female labour participation rates, increase the presence of women in corporate board rooms and improve gender equality.