My thanks to Fred for pointing me to an article in today’s Mail Online. Two women are quoted in it. The first is the execrable Cherie Blair, a lifelong whining militant feminist, and wife of former prime minister Tony Blair, . The article is an illustration of the hostility of militant feminists towards the nuclear family. Thankfully the article ends with some wise words from the estimable Charlotte Vere, founder of Women On… http://womenon.org.
Cherie Blair yesterday launched an astonishing attack on stay-at-home mothers, warning that it was ‘dangerous’ for women to rely on their husbands. Mrs Blair went on to criticise ‘yummy mummies’ who marry rich men and put their energies into raising children rather than concentrating on their careers. The wife of former Labour prime minister Tony Blair also declared that every woman should learn to be ‘self-sufficient’ in case their partner leaves them or drops dead.
Her comments came at a Fortune Most Powerful event which featured prominent women leaders in business, government, media, philanthropy and the arts. Mrs Blair told the audience: ‘One of the things that worries me now is you see young women who say, “I look at the sacrifices that women have made and I think why do I need to bother, why can’t I just marry a rich husband and retire?” and you think, how can they even imagine that is the way to fulfil yourself, how dangerous it is. In my case I saw my mother abandoned by my father when I was eight – but even good men could have an accident or die and you’re left holding the baby…’
Mrs Blair went on to suggest that children who are brought up by working mothers are more likely to be independent. She said: ‘Every woman needs to be self-sufficient and in that way you really don’t have a choice – for your own satisfaction; you hear these yummy mummies talk about being the best possible mother and they put all their effort into their children. I also want to be the best possible mother, but I know that my job as a mother includes bringing my children up so actually they can live without me.’
Speaking about her personal experience raising four children while working as a barrister, Mrs Blair admitted she had made many ‘foolish’ choices. She said: ‘I did many foolish things that I wouldn’t encourage any young woman to do today, and I made no concessions to the fact that I was pregnant. One way I got into trouble was ten days before my son was due to be born I was still working and they compulsorily hospitalised me as they said the baby wasn’t growing. It was rubbish – he was fine.’
Mrs Blair also backed quotas for women on the boards of businesses saying that firms needed a ‘kick up the pants’. ‘Whether you call it a target or a quota, what you are actually talking about is better diversity and getting more women on to the boards of businesses,’ she said.
Charlotte Vere, founder of the campaign group Women On… criticised Mrs Blair for ‘bullying’ women who chose to stay at home with their children. She said: ‘On one hand, Cherie Blair backs quotas for women, reinforcing the ridiculous idea that women can’t get to the top on merit. On the other, millionaire Cherie claims that stay-at-home mums must go out to work to feel “satisfied”. One more example of a driven and powerful woman expecting everyone else to be like her. Millions of mums and dads just want to make a choice as a grown-up, and if that means one decides to stay at home for a while, being made to feel guilty and bullied by a wealthy barrister isn’t helpful.’