There has been a ‘seismic shift’ in gender equality in the UK Professor Stephen Hawking has said, recognising that women hold five of the most powerful positions in Britain.
In an interview with Piers Morgan for ITV’s Good Morning Britain the professor said the status of women like the Queen, Prime Minister Theresa May, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, who became the first woman to be appointed to this position, is evidence that times had changed.
“It is not scientific proof of gender equality that is required, but general acceptance that women are at least the equals of men, or better.
“This is coming. If we factor in high-powered women in Europe as well, such as Angela Merkel, it seems we are witnessing a seismic shift for women to accede to high-level positions in politics and society.
“I welcome these signs of women’s liberation.”
However, he declared that the private sector has yet to catch up. He said: “There may still be a gap between those women achieving high public status and those in the private sector.
During the interview, the astrophysicist also affirmed his support for feminism.
He said: “I have always supported women’s rights. I moved the admission of women to my college, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. The results were wholly good.”
Watch the full interview below.
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