As I’ve said before, I get asked to contribute to magazines, podcasts, etc and won’t unless there’s at least an equal split of men and women speakers.
One recently followed up to this response with:
To quote Yoda, ‘do or do not, there is no try’. I have the privilege of being asked but the journalist should use their (male) privilege of asking women too.
As I posted on International Women’s Day, this is an ongoing activity and men – yes, all men – have to do more with our privilege to make things better. I’d drafted this post to this point and then saw this message yesterday:
I asked the organisers and they said:
Again, someone tried.
We need to do better. This stuff matters – it matters a lot.
In the current circumstances in the UK, where women feel attacked more than ever and some men are using #NotAllMen in the way #AllLivesMatter was thrown about last summer, we have to BE better.
I’ve not said much about how things have been in the last couple of weeks; I may have privilege to say things but my voice doesn’t need to be heard. My actions do.
I will continue to challenge these things – integrity doesn’t have an off button.