The Queen did more for women than bra-burning feminists, writes JENNI MURRAY

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  • Princess Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in the war, and learned to drive and became a capable mechanic.
  • Jenny Murray says we often underestimate how much influence the Queen had on the women’s liberation movement
  • UK-based journalist recalls that when the Queen opened the refurbished BBC Broadcasting House in 2013, she insisted on moving to the Women’s Hour studio
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

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Every morning when I walk down the stairs from my bedroom to the kitchen, I pass my proudest possession—a framed certificate confirming my appointment as Dame of the British Empire, in July 2011, Elizabeth R.

It’s a daily reminder of the woman I doubt would have ever used the word ‘feminist’ to describe herself – she was never publicly outspoken on any political point – but still Which changed the lives of British women forever.

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My mother was a contemporary of the Queen, who had been raised to comply with the limited expectations available to women in the period immediately following the war. She was a civil servant and loved her job, but when she married my father in 1949, she had to give up her career.

As a married woman who was soon pregnant and giving birth to me in 1950, her duty was to look after her husband, her children and her household. no option.

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Princess Elizabeth (pictured in 1945) joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in the war, learned to drive and became a capable mechanic

When I was three years old, watching the Queen’s coronation on television in the crowded room of our council house, my future was as planned as my mother’s. Maybe I can train to be a teacher or nurse, but then I’ll get married, have kids, and my working life outside the home is over.

I believe it was the Queen’s example as a mother and head of state that changed the lives of me and many other women.

We often underestimate how much influence Rani had on the women’s liberation movement. She’s never worn a mini skirt, or appeared without her bra, and I don’t think her hairstyle has changed in the public eye in 70 years. Comfy tweeds and a headscarf were more her style, but she began to change how girls and women saw themselves, for example.

I remember my mother being impressed but a little surprised that Princess Elizabeth had joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in the war. She learned to drive and became a skilled mechanic.

We often underestimate how much influence the Queen had on the women's liberation movement, says Jenny Murray (pictured)

We often underestimate how much influence the Queen had on the women’s liberation movement, says Jenny Murray (pictured)

My mother wanted to join WAAF (Women Auxiliary Air Force). His mother did not let him go. He didn’t learn to drive until I was 15, when I was 15. My grandmother was clearly in Queen Victoria’s camp when it came to women’s rights: feminists should ‘take a good whip’ and a woman’s role was to be ‘a helper to a man’.

The Queen’s delight behind the wheel may have stunned King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. She was driven around Balmoral by Her Majesty in 2003 when women were not allowed to drive in their own country.

I know that Her Majesty was aware of how feminism developed and supported greater fairness and equality throughout her reign. We never discussed equal pay or gender discrimination, but I know she was an ardent fan of Women’s Hour, where all these issues were featured.

When she opened the refurbished BBC Broadcasting House in 2013, she insisted on moving to Woman’s Hour Studios. Earlier on making me a dame, he said he was sorry that the broadcast went from 2 pm to morning. He often had to miss it because his mornings were very busy.

At just 25 years old, the queen had unexpectedly placed herself on the throne following the untimely death of her father. She was married and had two young children, but she just started work, insisting that the family would name her Windsor, not her husband.

Prince Philip complained that he is ‘the only person in the country who is not allowed to give his own name to his children’. The queen set an example for my generation: we didn’t call ourselves Miss or Mrs, stating whether or not our status was married. It has become common practice for a woman and her children to name their family.

I have no doubt that he and his sister, Princess Margaret, changed my own mother’s old-fashioned attitude to divorce.

When my first marriage started going badly in the late 1970s, I didn’t dare suggest to my mom that divorce might be on the cards. He was of the view that marriage vows are sacred, and that a woman should stay no matter what.

Then, in 1978, the Queen allowed her sister to divorce Antony Armstrong-Jones. Suddenly, in my mother’s eyes, it was okay. My divorce proceeded without any disapproval from her.

It is also thanks to the Queen that after signing the Succession to the Crown Act in 2013, the line of succession to the throne is no longer dominated by male royal children.

The latest list reads 1. Prince of Wales; 2. Prince George of Wales; 3. Princess Charlotte of Wales; 4. Prince Louis of Wales. Now it is not necessary to have a second son as an ‘extra’. A girl has equal right to be successful.

For women of my generation, the most striking example Her Majesty gave us was her determination to lead as a married woman with four children—to be a mother and a hard worker with a job.

He had power, but he also gave us power. All this has become possible and honorable, for which I and millions of others like me will always thank him.

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