A piece just published online by The Guardian. Extracts:
Harriet Harman has claimed that the arrival in parliament of a fresh generation of “Tory feminist” MPs alongside men with modern attitudes has the power to boost the women’s rights movement.
The Labour MP, who has been parliament’s leading feminist advocate for decades, said the changing nature of female Conservative politicians from the “doughty tweedy matrons” of the past to today’s feminists had been critical. She claimed a newfound cooperation across party lines amounted to a dramatic shift and she welcomed the arrival of men who no longer thought of a woman’s place as being in the home.
“They are the sons of the women’s movement,” she said of political colleagues who had spoken out in recent debates about making parliament more family friendly…
Asked to whom she was referring among the Tory feminists, Harman listed Maria Miller, who chairs the parliamentary women’s and equality committee, Nicky Morgan, who leads the Treasury committee, Sarah Wollaston at health, and Theresa May’s parliamentary private secretary, Seema Kennedy. She also praised former education secretary Justine Greening, as well as Anne Milton, Rachel McLean and Mims Davies, and said there were “loads more”. [J4MB: Are there any sitting Tory female MPs who’ve declared themselves publicly to be non-feminists, let alone anti-feminists? If so, please let us know ([email protected]).]