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Marriage, Motherhood and being an MP: the Long View
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My latest blog a historical view of marriage, motherhood and being an MP.
Leadsom’s comments came across as cruel because May is on record as saying she wanted children but couldn’t have them. It’s true that the interviewer led the issue in a sexist direction, but a more capable politician knows how to deflect questions when required, and Leadsom showed a certain clumsiness in her reply.
Interesting about the Labour MPs of the 1920s being unmarried. Wasn’t there an increase in the number of single women following World War 1? I wonder what impact that had on women’s involvement in politics and other careers.
Thank you so much for your comments Fiona. You are absolutely correct that the end of World War One had a huge impact on feminist politics and it sparks great debate among historians of the period – I can feel another blog coming on!