Professor Stephen Hawking has claimed that the five most powerful people in Britain are all women.
In an interview with Piers Morgan for ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the astrophysicist spoke about climate change, politics and Donald Trump. The professor went onto explain how there’s been a ‘seismic shift’ in gender equality.
He listed the Queen, Prime Minister Theresa May, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick as proof that times had changed and that influence in Britain is largely female.
He said: “I welcome these signs of women’s liberation, 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.
He continued, “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.”
His discussion with Morgan prompted the professor to admit he would continue to vote for Labour.
“I don’t believe there will be much chance of Labour winning an election under him,” he said.
“He doesn’t come across as a strong leader, and he allowed the media to portray him as a left-wing extremist, which he’s not. It’s no good having the right principles if you never get in power. But I will continue to vote Labour, it’s the party that matters.”
Watch the full interview with Professor Stephen Hawking here