Prof Stephen Hawking said he had seen a seismic change in women’s rights
By Sarah Knapton,
Five most powerful people in Britain are now women, Professor Stephen Hawking has said, claiming there has been a ‘seismic shift’ in gender equality.
The 75-year-old astrophysicist said that the Queen, Prime Minister Theresa May, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick were evidence that times had changed.
However he argued that the private sector was yet to catch up.
“I welcome these signs of women’s liberation,” he said on an interview with Piers Morgan for ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
“But there may still be a gap between those women achieving high public status and those in the private sector.
“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 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.”
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