The F Word and You: Colette Finn

What does feminism mean to you?

It involves raising awareness around discrimination which mainly affects women but is not only affecting women.


When did you realise you were a feminist?

Not that long ago really. I would have been duped in my youth into thinking that the women’s liberation movement had reached its goal. It wasn’t until I became a parent that the inequality began to dawn.

What issue/area is the most important to you? 

The area of most importance to me is the separation of the public and privates spheres of life. Caring is in the private sphere and is mainly done by women. Yet its not seen as part of the real economy. Business and work is the public sphere. This is now a mix of both genders. However this is dominated by the lifestyle of the male breadwinner model. For full equality both roles need to be understood and valued and in which both genders participate.

What do you say to people who say “I’m not a feminist but….”

So you’re in favour of discrimination …

Where do you see the feminist movement going in the future?

Income inequality is probably the biggest problem of discrimination for the future. This can cut across both genders with men being affected as well as many women.

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