I’M sure you were all aware that yesterday was International Women’s Day.
And not just any old International Women’s Day, this year marked the 100th anniversary of the event.
A lot has changed for the female of the species since 1911. Back then women were able to vote in only a handful of countries.
Things are much better now, though there is still a long way to go.
Most women have the right to vote and there have been female presidents and prime ministers in every continent.
But there is still the stubborn gender pay gap, still the appallingly low conviction rate for rape, still the domestic violence.
Perhaps in another 100 years great progress will have been made on these problems as well.
Sadly though, in the run-up to the centenary of International Women’s Day, we have witnessed a significant reverse for women.
The European Court of Justice last week ruled that car insurers can no longer offer women cheaper deals than their accident-prone, adrenaline-soaked male counterparts.
And so one of the very few advantages for women over men passes away.
I tried to think of any other way in which society favours the female over the male.
And, apart from a slightly increased chance of getting into a nightclub, I couldn’t think of one.