But, whatever parliament might say, society was more conservative. When, in 1967, I joined the firm with which I spent almost all my working life, it was not uncommon for women to give up work either when they married or when they gave birth to their first child. At that time, in that firm, all of the partners (i.e. owners) were men, and there were not even any women in jobs which, like the job I went for, would lead to them becoming partners eventually. From memory, it was not until the 90s, or possibly late 80s, that the firm saw its first female partner.
And so we come to the present day. Women get maternity leave, which has gone a long way to bringing equality of opportunity to the workplace. Women’s rights to equal treatment are enshrined in law. And yet, and yet…..
One thing has long puzzled me. How come the “reactionary” Conservatives have had two female leaders, whilst the “progressive” Labour and LibDem (and previously Liberal) parties have had none?
T S Eliot in The Waste Land suggested that April is the cruellest month. Sorry, mate, you got that wrong. February is the cruellest month. The joys of Christmas and the over-indulgence of New Year are but a distant memory, bank holidays are ages away, and all we have to look forward to is cold, rain, sleet, snow, storms and…The Exmoor Food Fest! Yippee!
Other local restaurants taking part include the new Thomas Carr Seafood and Grill, which apparently will open for lunch on 9 February, The Old Station House Inn, Kentisbury (01598 763274), The Pyne Arms, East Down (01271 850055), and Ye Olde Globe, Berrynarbor, (01271 882465). More details at https://exmoorfoodfest.com/.
Did you see the article about the Lynton/Lynmouth cliff railway in last week’s Journal? The engineer who designed it was a George Croydon Marks.
Marks, incidentally, after a long and distinguished professional career, followed by a fairly successful political career, became Lord Marks, First Baron Marks of Woolwich. Since he carelessly had no sons, just 3 daughters, and obviously a woman could not succeed to his title, the title died with him.