Quote from Ann Widdecombe:
If you want to succeed in a man’s world then you must succeed on the same basis as the men, and compete on equal terms, not on special, favourable ones created for women.
I never thought of myself as a woman MP but rather as an MP who happened to be a woman. That is why I never had time for all women shortlists.
Where shall I begin? This is a view often expressed by women and men alike, but it misses one important point: the world is not equal for men and women, the world, especially in politics, has been designed by men for men, at a time when the idea of women MPs was unthinkable. It is not a gender equal platform from which to launch a political career or to fight for one’s beliefs. You cannot apply one standard across the board and expect it to produce the best results.
It’s probably worth noting that Ms Widdicombe is a single woman with no children who lived for much of her political life with her mother. Absolutely nothing wrong with that, but she will not have experienced many of the problems that other women MPs will have to deal with on a daily basis.
There are currently 502 male MPs and 147 female MPs. There are 27 members of the current UK Cabinet, 4 are women. Oh yes, why can’t a woman be more like man? Because she’s a woman and different! And those differences become more pronounced in a world designed to work very neatly for white, middle class men. The system needs changing and do you know what? I think even the *white, middle class men would see a benefit in a more gender equal world, and their daughters certainly would.
*I know and love many white, middle class men. Not knocking them at all, just want them to move over and make a bit more space!
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Posted on January 20th, 2014 by Jane