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Don’t call me Mrs Clegg, says UK leader’s wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

Published Feb 10, 2017, 1:10 am IST
Updated Feb 10, 2017, 7:00 am IST
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez
 Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

England: Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, whose husband is former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, has complained after being invited to an International Women’s Day event in her married name. Posting a picture of a letter addressed to “Mrs Clegg” on Instagram, she noted the “irony” of the situation. The event, on March 8, is designed to “celebrate women’s success”, she added. Ms Gonzalez Durantez is a lawyer specialising in international and EU trade law. She wrote: “The irony of being invited to speak at an International Women’s Day event to celebrate women’s success, addressed to me as ‘Mrs Clegg’.”

Ms Gonzalez Durantez set up the Inspiring Women group, which recruits women with successful careers to visit and speak to girls at state schools in England. This is not the first time she has criticised the way she is perceived or described. Last year she told Marie Claire magazine: “I find people say of me ‘She wears the trousers’ and as you can see, it is true, I have very nice trousers.” “Or if my husband and I share the school run, it’s me who has forced him, dragged him away from his work,” she said. “But when people, or in my case the media, are using that label on you, they are not saying you are strong, they are saying you should get back in your box,” she added.



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