If someone told me I wasn’t allowed to work, I had to stay at home and look after my hypothetical family, I’m not sure my reply would be polite.
Especially if they then told me that I would be allowed almost no opinion, and none in any official sense.
I’d tell that person to stop living in the Dark Ages, that if he wants someone at home all day then he should look no further than the mirror, and, to put it politely, he should go away and stop bothering me.
But it wasn’t that long ago that women were expected to look after their families and would give up their job as soon as a husband happened along.
A century ago 50,000 women laced up their shoes and walked – walked – all the way to London to campaign to be allowed to vote.
They walked from as far as Newcastle – a place I flew to and from this weekend because it’s so far away – which was a journey fraught with dangers, not least from the people who disagreed with their cause.
But that, coupled with the outbreak of the First World War and the need for women to work to keep the country going, resulted in the battle for votes being won.
But we’re still fighting for equality, mainly in male-dominated institutions trapped in the past, so it’s great to hear that the Church in Wales has succeeded where the Church of England has failed – in allowing female bishops.
Clearly the whole of the principality has not been smote for such a decision. Hellfires have not broken out in the heathland of the Gower. The Irish Sea is not boiling around Aberystwyth.
I am surprised. For all the caterwauling about how it went against the fundamental principals of the church, you’d have thought Wales would have had a plague of locusts before you could say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
The changes won’t come into effect until a year from now, so I suppose there’s still plenty of smiting time available. However, I’d say the Church of England, when the matter is discussed again, should follow the lead of their brethren in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland and allow it. After all, if women should be in the home – why not in the house of God?