Here I am discussing the pay gap at the BBC with Richard Madeley on Talk Radio In January 2018. It was a great interview, Richard was really engaged in the subject as you will hear.
I was delighted to be on the committee for helping to celebrate this remarkable woman. We held a series of events across the year including: ‘The Garrett family on Aldeburgh Council’ by Richard Marson. ‘Shake the Chains’ concert at Snape Maltings ‘Millicent Garrett-Fawcett; the… Read More »Celebrating Britain’s first woman doctor – Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
Here I am on Woman’s Hour talking about the impact of the Autumn Statement 2015 on women on behalf of the Women’s Budget Group. Have a listen here!
Sorry, this is about 7 months late! In the absence of the fabulous Kirsty Styles, I took over the Weekly Economics podcast to talk to economics guru and my buddy Sarah Lyall about why working a shorter working week would be good for the economy.… Read More »Interviewing Sarah Lyall from the New Economics Foundation about the shorter working week
Delighted to be interviewed by Fiona for Womanthology – a completely wicked stealth-feminist blog. My interview came in a series around economics during World Economic Forum at Davos 2016.
Full interview available here or read it below:
Polly Trenow is a campaigner on gender, economics and education who has worked in women’s rights and gender equality since 2005. She is a freelance campaigner on gender equality working with schools, local government and charities and she currently holds several different roles, including sitting on the Management Committee of the Women’s Budget Group and working as Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer at the Fawcett Society. Last November, Polly became the 2016 Esmée Fairbairn Gender Equality Fellow on the Clore Social Leadership Programme.
“…We’ve…got to change the cultural pressures on men, for whom it’s often still seen as unacceptable to take time off to care. Gender stereotyping works both ways so men are disadvantaged too, and that’s something else that we need to challenge…”
Getting interested in working at the interface between gender and economics and saving the world
I think it was my degree. I studied Social Anthropology and as part of that I did a module on Gender and Trade. That was looking at how societies organise their economies, and what importance they place, if any, about what gender you are when you’re trading. I didn’t realise at the time how interesting I thought it was, but then when I left university I decided: “I want to save the world!” It seemed obvious that I should try and improve women’s equality, so that’s what I went for.
I started off volunteering in the women’s sector, working for a variety of different international development charities and UK charities. I became a trustee of a Zimbabwe women’s organisation (and I hadn’t even been to Zimbabwe!). I felt really at home and I loved what I was doing, and the people I was working with.
I then get my first job working in the Women’s National Commission, which was a quango – a quasi non-governmental equality organisation – and that was fascinating because we were based within the Civil Service, but we were theoretically independent. I got my first understanding of the challenges of talking to people in positions of power and how to manage what you’re saying to them.
Back again on the fabulous Weekly Economics Podcast – if you’re not subscribed, do it here. This time I was on the other side of the mic interviewing Sarah Lyall about the shorter working week.
As someone who is dedicated to feminist economics I understand that this is (wrongly) considered by most to be quite a niche subject and will rarely warrant discussion on national radio programmes. So you can imagine my delight when I was asked to appear on BBC… Read More »Going on the Today Programme
Tube strikes meant I did this interview by Skype! But here I am talking about the Women’s Budget Group analysis of the Government’s budget in July. You can read the full WBG analysis of the budget here or the press release here.
I had an excellent time last week joining the Weekly Economics Podcast as their first ever guest. This week I was talking about the Women’s Budget Group response to the Budget 2015 and what ‘social infrastructure’ really means. I’ll be sure to link to the… Read More »Talking about feminist economics on the Weekly Economics Podcast