feminist-motherOver the five years I’ve been writing about politics I’ve steered clear of feminism: mostly because I don’t really know much about it. I didn’t do gender studies at high school or university and, perhaps most importantly, it was never raised as an issue at home.

My parents never told me I had a natural disadvantage in life because I was female. Not once, ever.

But I was told many, many times that if I studied diligently, did well at school and university, and worked hard at my chosen vocation, I would be successful and, by extension, happy.

Before you jump to conclusions about my privileged Tory upbringing, let me explain.