March 8 is International Women’s Day; and Parliament will have its annual debate celebrating the marvellousness of women and our feminist friends will speak up about why we need more women in “top jobs”.
There will also be a host of photo opportunities where women can stand together and, each year, I am asked by colleagues to take part in such festivities but each year I give the same response – sorry, I’m not a feminist. [J4MB emphasis. No need to be sorry, Andrea, you should be proud of the fact.] This is because I don’t believe in singling anybody out, by their gender, by whom they love, or by their race or religion. In fact, I believe the opposite. True equality is about treating everyone as equal regardless of creed or colour and not by dividing people into groups.
This is the first instance I can recall of a currently sitting female Conservative MP declaring herself a non-feminist.
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