If ever there was ever a time to demolish the caricature of the wicked step-mother – a fairytale perception etched into our societal consciousness from childhood – it’s now.


Last week, we watched from afar as history was made, courtesy of two of the most high-profile women in the world, Kamala Harris and Dr Jill Biden. And while I was thrilled to see them celebrated as the first Black, first South Asian and first woman vice president in American history, and the first First Lady to maintain a career from Pennsylvania Avenue, that wasn’t the only reason for my glee. For in addition to flying the flag for womanhood and equality, they are also both raising the profile of modern step-motherhood ­– and I, for one, couldn’t be happier to see them.


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