What does it mean to be a feminist right now? Have technology and fourth-wave feminist movements such as the Everyday Sexism Project and #MeToo changed what defines a feminist, or even feminism itself? 

Join us for a series of short, inspirational talks from Selma James, Mona Eltahawy, Tracy Brabin and Ayisha Malik on what being a feminist today means to them. From their individual motivations and introductions to feminism to how, thanks to technology, we can all continue to fight for political, economic, personal and social equality for women around the world.

About The Speakers

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Selma James

Selma James is an anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist campaigner. In 1972 she put forward Wages for Housework (WFH) as a political perspective that redefined the working class to include all who work without wages, starting with women, the primary carers everywhere. The International WFH Campaign she founded (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year) co-ordinates the Global Women’s Strike. With her husband and colleague C. L. R. James, she worked in the English-speaking Caribbean for independence and federation from 1958 to 1962. Her first anthology, Sex, Race, and Class – The Perspective of Winning was published in 2012. Her second, Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet was published in 2021, both by PM Press. They focus on what can be learnt from decades of building an international network. On International Women’s Day, City of Women London renamed Kentish Town Station after Selma James, the nearest tube station to the Crossroads Women’s Centre where she is based.

 

Tracy Brabin

Tracy Brabin is a British Labour and Co-operative politician who was elected as the first Mayor of West Yorkshire, and the first ever woman Metro Mayor in May 2021. She was the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen from 2016 until 2021. As MP, she held appointments as Shadow Early Years Minister, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries. Born in Batley, Tracy was an actor and television writer prior to entering politics.

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Ayisha Malik

Ayisha Malik’s adult novels Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, The Other Half of Happiness, and This Green and Pleasant Land were met with great critical acclaim. Ayisha was a WHSmith Fresh Talent Pick and Sofia Khan has been a CityReads London book. Her children’s books include a re-telling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and The Seven Sisters. She is winner of The Diversity Book Awards and has been shortlisted for The Asian Women of Achievement Award, Marie Claire’s Future Shapers’ Awards and the h100 Awards. Her latest novel, The Movement, is out July 2022.  

Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution. Her commentaries have appeared in several publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows.