Radio and TV presenter When I think of feminism, I think of a voice of empowerment. I think of a voice for those who can’t speak up, a voice for those who may not be able to articulate how they feel about their repression. I think of strength.
Of course I’m a feminist; I see quite regularly how women are treated differently to men in the media. How women are asked questions that their male counterparts would never be asked, regarding family and marriage. I see that women are sexualised more often than men, and looked upon differently than men. I see that women are praised differently than men.
In saying all that, the majority of my work life is wonderful and I rarely feel like I’m being treated differently because I’m a woman, but it does happen, which is the point.
Quotas are a sticky situation, because I do believe that there should be a good balance in the workplace, and the team that I work with is fantastic, with three women and two men.
I think this is more about creating equal opportunities for women and men from all backgrounds, and that starts within the educational system. You shouldn’t get a better education just because your parents happen to be wealthy. Everybody should be able to create a better future for themselves because of their own ability and hard work. Equally, I don’t think anyone should get a job because of their gender. If there is a job opening, the position should be given to the most suitable candidate, regardless of whether they are a man or a woman.
I do actually think feminism is unfair on men at times, for example; going back to the point above. Why should a female get a job over a male, if the male is more qualified for the job? That is, in itself, sexist. I’ve spoken to male friends about certain comments made about their sex and they have felt offended — all men shouldn’t be painted with the same brush. Most people believe in equality and if you do, than you are a feminist too — you just might not know it yet.