There was a fascinating article this week by Alison Wolf in the Guardian. She argued that feminists today are too obsessed with climbing ladders, achieving high salaries and entering the circles of power and influence. Quotas on company boards, all female shortlists for parliament and achieving professional success. While this may make highly educated, elite women more visible, it does nothing to improve representation for women of all backgrounds and classes. Rather than the traditional image of the woman behind the man, we now have the team of cleaners and nannies behind the elite women; breaking glass ceilings while leaving the rest behind. As Wolf puts it,
"Class trumps gender. And inequality among women is rising much faster than inequality among men."
So has “sisterhood” really died in the pursuit of elite aspirations? It is clearly true that "different women have very different lives, and interests". But haven't they always? I suppose for me, what really rang true, is the lack of value and respect we, as a society, give to the women who are caring, nurturing, cleaning up, making cups of tea and all the other things that keep our young, our old, our sick able to survive.
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