What does feminism mean to you?
Seeking equality – not preferential treatment, just equality – for women.
When did you realise you were a feminist?
When I worked in my first office and saw how rare a high ranking woman was.
What issue/area is the most important to you?
Internationally the treatment of women as second class citizens or slaves is something we forget about in the West when people say feminism is no longer necessary. In Ireland, the lack of any childcare provision is probably one of the biggest – it affects everything from women’s higher risk of poverty to the lack of women in politics and higher ranking jobs.
What do you say to people who say “I’m not a feminist but….”
They need to think beyond what they’ve been taught is a dirty word.
Where do you see the feminist movement going in the future?
Away, hopefully! I would love to live in a world where women and men were equal. But I don’t see that happening in my lifetime – Western feminism can be very focused on what’s happening here, but the women of the Arab world and in other countries need support long term to achieve even basic rights.