The smear on Labour Deputy Leader Angela Rayner in a Mail on Sunday article this weekend was an example of the sexism and misogyny which still exists in parts of our politics and media.

Many women journalists have been subject to such attitudes during their careers and were angered, disappointed but unsurprised by the report.

Five years ago Women in Journalism released a study highlighting the extent to which the British media offered a male dominated interpretation of society.

Much has changed since then – but many of these issues still remain with a ‘male lens’ frequently distorting the way women  in the public eye  are portrayed.

Women in Journalism sympathises and stands in solidarity with Ms Rayner and all those who have been victims of sexism and misogyny in politics and the media.