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Why Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, Nick Clegg’s Wife, Is Accusing British Airways Of Sexism
Miriam Gonzalaz Durantez, a high-profile lawyer, has spoken out over a British Airways in-flight magazine, claiming that the wording on a featured product was sexist.
Miriam, who is married to Nick Clegg, has posted a photo of an advert that made her “want to scream”, which she came across while waiting for a BA flight to take off. The image shows a pink, light-up Frozen watch, from the Disney film, being sold on the airlines’ in-flight magazine.
The lawyer, who was reading the magazine whilst experiencing a two and a half hour delay on her flight, took issue with the description following the product image, which purports that it is the “perfect watch for your little princess.”
She publically spoke out against the wording, writing on the Instagram post, “When you have a 2.30 hours delay in a British Airways flight…open the inflight magazine and want to scream: Stop-calling-girls-little-princesses! It cannot be so difficult for an airline to get this right.”
The lawyer is also the head of an organisation call ‘Inspiring Girls’, which is dedicated to “raising the aspirations of young girls around the world by connecting girls and female role models.”
In response to her comments, a spokesman for British Airways has said to the Telegraph, “As the airline with the most female pilots in the UK we wholeheartedly agree that stereotypes should be challenged.
“Like Miriam Gonzalez Durantez our female pilots and engineers act as strong role models and regularly visit schools and colleges as part of the airline’s campaign to inspire and encourage more young women to consider non-traditional aviation careers.”
At a talk for International Women’s Day, Miriam also spoke out against the fact that she was referred to as “Mrs Clegg”, saying “It’s just not on. We are not defined by who we have married or who we sleep with.”
But it’s not the first time BA have been accused of sexist comments or rules. In another incident, the airline was forced to apologise to university professor Ruth Blakeley, after calling her husband the “head of the household” on their executive club membership.
The professor, who is head of international relations at the University of Kent, admitted that the choice of wording left her shocked at the “sexist” and “outdated” term.
A former British Airways worker has also spoken up against the airline, after she was sent home for refusing to wear high heels in accordance with the airline’s dress code.
Ruth Campion admitted to MPs in 2019 that she felt “prostituted” by the British airline, after being told she had to wear heels, make-up and skirts for her job.
She also told MPs that airline staff are only allowed to change into flats once passengers have settled into their seats.
At the time, Ruth said, “For an employer to tell me that I need to do that in order for the business to have a certain image, it made me akin to being prostituted,”. In June 2019, the airline also faced criticism from a female member of the cabin crew after she was told she must carry a handbag with her whilst at work.
Video: Made in Spain Miriam Gonzalez Durantez interview
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