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
I was really delighted to be part of this book. I’ve written an essay on how care work makes the world go round and it’s part of this collection. We’re crowd funding for the £2k publishing costs to get it out as a free e-book… Read More »Resist! Against a precarious future
It was lovely to be featured in the Colchester Gazette a few weeks ago. I was interviewed by Vanessa Moon who was interested to know about how I got into this line of work and some of things I was most concerned about. Media interviews… Read More »Media coverage in the Colchester Gazette
Last month I was delighted to be invited to present at Unison Women’s Conference in Southport on behalf of the Women’s Budget Group. Last year I also presented at the Local Government Conference and there was a lot of enthusiasm for my analysis of local… Read More »Adventures at Unison Women’s Conference
New research from House of Commons Library shows women bear 85% of burden of austerity. http://t.co/tQRit8FoYh
New research from House of Commons Library shows women bear 85% of burden of austerity. http://t.co/tQRit8FoYh — Polly Trenow (@polly_trenow) December 20, 2014 from Twitter http://ift.tt/13nHtTN December 20, 2014 at 10:28PM via IFTTT
“Oh my god” I said down the phone, “hang on, hang on”. Mum thought there had been an accident, but I was actually taking a picture of one of the most shocking posters I had seen in a long time.
Now I may be a professional feminist, but I tend not to get my knickers in a twist about images that objectify women. This is for the most part because it is so ubiquitous and even feminists need a break, so I tend to keep my outrage confined to working hours. But this poster was so violent and horrid that I was completely stalled.
The poster depicted photographer Terry Richardson who has had several allegations of sexual harassment made against him by the models he has worked with. In cartoon format, Terry is pushing the barrel of a gun up the ass of Kate Moss who is naked except for a nude coloured basque. But it’s ok, she’s smiling.
Phone conversation over, back at home and a picture of the offending ad on my phone. Whats a lonely feminist to do on a Friday night than start a social media campaign?!
I looked up both the managers of the club night – Nothing Without Attitude and messaged them on Facebook. Then I commented on their own picture of the poster. After sharing it on my own page, several of my friends commented, but NWA just appeared to be deleting our comments. Not cool.
Last month I was delighted to be invited to join Forward (Foundation for Women’s Health and Development) as an educator on female genital mutilation.
Forward have been working on this issue for decades and working in schools for four years. They run a youth programme working with young people across the country empowering them to speak out about it. Over the last few years the issue of FGM has grown in public consciousness and they have been increasingly asked to give talks in schools.
In order to manage increasing demand, they have employed 15 educators to work across schools in London, I am delighted to be part of that team.
I was delighted to be invited to present at the Amiel and Melburn Trust weekend where campaigners, activists and thinkers were brought together to exam contemporary capitalism and the economic crisis. The Trust was founded in 1980 by Norman Melburn and named for his friend… Read More »Amiel and Melburn Trust Residential Weekend
The report I wrote for the Fawcett Society really took off. I had my first appearance on Woman’s Hour, which for a professional feminist is about as good as it gets. It also appeared in the Sunday Times,The Argus, The Guardian, The Yorkshire Post and The Belfast Telegraph and the Metro.… Read More »More councillors being sexist!