A tribute to my own Feminist Mum OBE

A tribute to my own Feminist Mum OBE

I'm not sure exactly what feminists of the 60s and 70s really wanted, really fought for. I wasn't there. But I think it seemed to be a lot about not being restricted in your life choices. Build a career, travel the world, have kids, forge supportive relationships and make the most of your talents. Never think that you can't do something because you are a woman.

My mum was a feminist of that generation. I didn't know her then, but I don't imagine she was a hard hitting campaigner. More a quiet revolutionary.

As a university lecturer, she climbed the career ladder in lecture halls, admin offices and smoky staff rooms, completing an MA and writing a popular student textbook on the side. Moving into management, she climbed still further, popular for her sympathetic leadership style, her efficiency, her commitment and her sense of humour.

In the background, she married at the age of 21 and had two daughters in her thirties. She baked birthday cakes, sewed curtains, made homemade pizzas on Friday nights and did the laundry on Saturday mornings.

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