At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
I was raised to be a feminist by a very strong and independent mother, and under her guidance, until around the age of eleven, I was lucky enough to believe that equality between the sexes was already in place, a belief and a system maintained by everyone. By thirteen, it had become apparent that this was not the case, this is when I found the word feminist.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My mother. She has always encouraged my education and career as a priority over more traditionally 'feminine' roles, such as motherhood and marriage. My mother fought for equality in a male dominated workplace, travelled the world on her own savings, and managed to drag her family from stealing food to living comfortably by sheer determination and hard work.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
My feminism has meant that I have always prioritised my career and my education. Despite pressure to get married and settle down, I use these impositions as an opening for a conversation about what it is to 'be a woman' and to explain the gap between gender and sex.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
I share my feminism with others through my theatre work, which encourages an active audience disposition, calling for change in a male-dominated society. I feel that it is most important to share the choice to be feminist as an obvious decision. However, I believe strongly in explaining the premise of feminism to those who disagree or misunderstand, encouraging them to question their assumptions, rather than imposing any belief upon anyone.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
My mother always told me 'all good men are feminists', and so a feminist world would be inclusive and accepting, irrespective of gender. My ideal would be a world in which gender is not a barrier between people, and isn't a particularly important signifier in everyday life. Personally, I feel that there is n need for gender at all, at this stage of our evolution and that the banishment of this division would make for a more peaceful and supportive world.
How I Define Feminism:
The active belief of an intrinsic equality between the sexes and the initiative to fight for this right in areas of inequality.
I have been an actress for seventeen years, and have recently begun to make my own work, largely revolving around feminist theory. Born in Birmingham, I have lived all over the world, eventually moving to London, the capital of the theatre scene, at 19. I am currently studying for a degree in English and Drama at QMUL, with a thesis based around a construction called the suicidal feminist, and the way that male authors punish their female characters for their virtue or vice. Whilst studying, I work as a part-time actress and theatre-maker, currently developing a piece questioning the black and white representation of women in Shakespeare's texts.