Why should politics care about us if we don't care about politics?

I wrote this after being invited to speak both as artist and as a woman involved in politics in the run up to International Women’s Day.

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For International Women’s Day 2017 I was invited by the University of Arts London to speak to some women students about being a woman in arts and politics. They sent me some questions in advance and I made some notes. As always happens what was said wasn’t quite the notes but here’s a few of the highlights.

Q – Why do you think it’s important women wanting to work in the arts consider politics

I think all women should consider politics. Why should politics care about us if we don’t care about them? And in arts I think we bring something particular – a way of looking at things, and doing things, building empathy, reframing policies and stories so that people can understand them. We have an ability to set a vision and our agenda that could be really valuable to politics. If as I do, you think our politics…

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