Women 100: Eamonn Holmes suggests men owe women an apology

MPs such as Diane Abbott have been leading celebrations of the female suffrage anniversary today

MPs such as Diane Abbott have been leading celebrations of the female suffrage anniversary today

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

talkRADIO presenter Eamonn Holmes has suggested men should apologise to women, 100 years on from the female suffrage breakthrough.

Eamonn was speaking to Jane Martinson, Guardian columnist and a former chair of the Women in Journalism group, about the centennial anniversary of votes for women.

Our afternoon presenter said: "Maybe there's an apology needed from men, men like myself.

"Not for being bad people but for maybe not totally understanding what it's like to be a woman."

Martinson said that, despite the progress made over the last century, there's still a lot of work to do on issues such as equal pay, sexual harassment and representation in Parliament, where fewer than a third of MPs are female.

Eamonn also spoke to Deborah Frances-White, creator of the Guilty Feminist podcast, who echoed Martinson's thoughts by suggesting that many Edwardian-era gender equality campaigners would be surprised by how little progress has been made on some issues.

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