I was horrified to read the report today that the word feminism is considered outdated by a third of women, who think it is “too aggressive towards men”, according to our report.

Let’s take just a moment to pick apart the above definition.

Are women and men politically equal?

Let’s look at the gender makeup of the Houses of Parliament. Of the US Congress. How many women lead powerful countries? I salute Angela Merkel and Julia Gillard, but they are a lonely and exclusive group.

OK. Not looking great. But let’s consider social equality.

Women and men in Britain have equal voting rights, freedom of speech and assembly, property rights, access to education and health care equality. Hurrah.

But what about the murkier “equal opportunities”. Are women and men really judged equally when it comes to jobs? I’m going to take a chance and suggest that they are not.

Do you own, or know someone who owns a small company? Seven years ago I went for an interview at a small family-run art dealership in London, and the FIRST question I was asked in the interview was: “Are you pregnant? Or do you plan to be pregnant in the next few months? Because we don’t want to pay any maternity coverage.”



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