Why all women should have better life chances

Better opportunities shouldn't be the preserve of City high-fliers, says Rachel Moore - what about t

Better opportunities shouldn't be the preserve of City high-fliers, says Rachel Moore - what about their cleaners and nannies? - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

It's very well to talk about feminism when you're a City high-flier - but what about your (female) cleaners and nannies, asks Rachel Moore?

'Rachel's column has been proven to be feminist garbage' was typed under last week's column on EDP24 last week.

Praise indeed.

Feminism has been the word of the week with the celebrations for 100 years since the extraordinary actions of ordinary women won us the right to vote. A right that too many take too flippantly today.

But all the chat about equality in the workplace, breaking through glass ceilings and improving the lot of women in 2018 society started to feel very much middle-class intellectual claptrap.


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BBC interviews with city highflier and mother-of-nine Helena Morrissey and her teenage daughter Octavia is all well and good and believing they could achieve anything they want.

But the women making all the noise about seats on multi-national boards and women's place in society aren't thinking about the place or pay of the nannies they employ to look after their children or cleaners to keep their expensive homes spotless.

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