But yesterday, the advancement of women took an extraordinary turn when it was revealed the RAF is planning to ban women from wearing skirts on the parade ground.
But there was a predictable social media outcry, with the author branded a bigot, ignoramus and an ill-informed transphobe.
For those of us who passionately believe in free speech, who have campaigned for better rights for gay and trans people, it was an ugly backlash.
The British Medical Association, long hijacked by Left-wing militants, has joined the bandwagon, announcing pregnant women should not be called expectant ‘mothers’ in case it offends transgender people. The answer lies in the fact that in the past 20 years, gay people have become more mainstream, with civil partnerships and gay weddings widely accepted.
Instead, they should call them ‘pregnant people’ so as not to ‘upset intersex and transgender men’. Not everyone, though, was content to let gays like me — who came out in the Eighties and fought for equality — enjoy our new-found freedoms.
And that is for children who haven’t reached puberty.
The pace of change is proving too fast even for some feminist Labour MPs, such as former minister Caroline Flint.
Town halls, education authorities and even some nurseries seem to be in thrall to the gender thought police.
A primary school in East Sussex, for example, is set to have gender neutral toilets for pupils to tackle transphobia.
Women have made great strides in the RAF in recent decades.