04/25/2014 09:52 am ET

Wives And Grandmothers First? It's Time To Fight This Insidious Sexism

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Did you know that women can continue to manage high-profile jobs after their grownup children have had babies? This may not sound like a shocking revelation, but it came as such a surprise to the Sunday Times that it made its front page on the weekend: "Grandmother, 71, tackles slave traffickers for the Pope." That she is a university professor and the most senior woman in the Vatican did make it into the article itself, but apparently wasn't considered as arresting for the headline as her age and offspring. Despite several ensuing pleas to the media to present women as people first and babymakers/marital appendages second, the Times was the next paper to get in on the act another headline a few days later declaring: "Banker's wife arrested over deaths of her three children."

The paper is by no means alone in this – the death of L'Wren Scott last month saw a slew of media headlines about the death of "Mick Jagger's girlfriend", echoing the front pages of February 2013 when Reeva Steenkamp's death was heralded with headlines including: "Blade Runner Shoots Lover Dead".

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