I always love being on the Weekly Economics Podcast by the New Economics Foundation. This time we were going back to school looking at how economics is taught and how this alienates the public. I was on the show with Maeve Cohen from Rethinking Economics… Read More »Economics needs a rethink!
Delighted to my article published in the April edition of Suffolk Life magazine. It is an in-depth look at the life of Millicent Fawcett – leader of the fight for women’s suffrage, the first woman to have her statue in parliament and who was voted… Read More »Millicent Fawcett – The Quiet Achiever – an article for Suffolk life Magazine
100 years ago some women in the UK first got the right to vote. I have been delighted to talk about this subject on a variety of media including BBC East Politics, BBC Radio Suffolk and have three articles appearing across the year in Suffolk… Read More »100 years of the Representation of People Act – media appearances
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.
Back again on the Weekly Economics Podcast talking about the latest GDP figures and how they be different if we starting measuring unpaid work with the fabulous Kirsty Styles.
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!
It was really interesting to be part of project for Resonance FM looking at what is good about London but also what challenges you face being a woman in a big city. You can listen to the full programme here or listen to my segment… Read More »Talking about what’s good about London for Women
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.