Last Sunday Post column in full
Gals -- we know life ain't fair. If it was men would have times of the month and women would have garden sheds. The gender pay gap is still 20% and women have lost more jobs than men in the recession. Girls do well at school but less well landing top jobs. Childcare still falls to mums, nursery places are harder to find than Amazon tax returns and headlines about child-abusing celebrities and teenage-girl exploitation shows what happens when warped, controlling men get power not jail. The grim realities of life can be sobering. But normally women just shrug and get on with it. How can we push for change without sounding like hopeless girners and special pleaders? Last week some gallous women showed the way. Susie Wolff may not be a household name – yet. But the 30 year-old racing driver from Oban got an apology from track legend Sir Stirling Moss after he said women lacked the mental strength for Formula One so racing "under life-threatening conditions" would prove too stressful. Young Susie -- a test driver for the Williams team – said his remarks made her cringe. Lo and behold, a few days later Stirling phoned to apologise and wish Susie well in her quest to join teammate Jenson Button on the F1 grid. Nice one Stirling – and well done Susie for challenging an unthinking, sexist throwaway line.