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Reporting of fall in women in public life contains patriarchy Shocker

February 24, 2013

One of the first things I read this morning was this article in the Guardian on the fall in numbers of women in positions of power and responsibility in public life. 

Toward the end, this quote from Jude Kelly jumped out at me:

You are also never going to get away from the work-life balance and the fact that it is women rather than men who are left to juggle these things.


It is such an ingrained assumption that these are women’s issues, that in the work-life balance, work will take priority for men, and women will have to pick up the slack at the expense of our careers. So much so that here it is in an article on how it’s unjust that men take priority in high powered jobs and women are assumed to be prioritising their home life and are therefore not considered for powerful positions.

Behold the face of patriarchy. You might also want to look in the mirror.

Almost all of us operate with these assumptions, and it’s going to take a lot of work to undo them. 

I don’t think Kelly was concious of the fact she was reinforcing patriarchy, in the same way that so many of us reinforce it’s assumptions and thinking patterns on a daily basis without realising. So, here’s my little daily ‘this is what patriarchy looks like’ reminder.


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