Tuesday 28 January 2020

Q & A with Scarlett Curtis


We caught up with Scarlett Curtis, the forward-thinking feminist activist known for her 'Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies’ book and podcast, to talk about how she balances her home/life balance, what International Women's Day means to her and more.  

How do you balance your work and home life?

I’m constantly trying to balance it better and feel like I’m not that great at it! Working with friends makes work seem less boring which is great but I definitely work too much. I try to remember that even though it feels like I’m insanely overwhelmed and will never get everything done - I’ve felt like this in the past and everything always gets finished in the end!

What is it like being a woman in your industry?

If I fit into any industry it would be the ‘feminist activist’ industry and in that case being a woman is GREAT! 

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world who would it be any why?

The Queen! I want to know if she’s a feminist and ask her where she gets her pink suits from. 

What is your favourite aspect of your job?

I love the energy of campaigning and the way it makes you feel like what you’re doing is the most importnat thing you could be giving your time to at that moment! I love working with activists who inspire me and make me want to be a better person. I also love squirrelling myself away and writing. I really love my job!

What is the proudest moment of your career to date?

My activist group The Pink Protest has been behind the changing of two laws so far - we got the government to agree to give the funds from the tampon tax to help period poverty in school and we also helped push through a bill to get FGM into the children’s act - I’m very proud of both of those!

What does International Women’s Day mean to you? 

International Women’s Day should be EVERDAY but until gender equality is a reality it’s amazing that we have a dedicated day to shine a light on the women and men who are working to make the world a better place for women year round. 


Scarlett's top feminist texts:

1 Gloria Steinem: My Life on the Road
2 Roxanne Gay: Bad Feminist 
3 Audre Lorde: Sister Outsider
4 Virignia Woolf: A Room of One’s Own
5 Morgan Jenkins: This Will be my undoing 
6 Lindy West: Shrill 
7 Jane Austen: Emma 
8 Ali Smith: How to be Both
9 Caitlin Moran: How to be Woman 


Scarlett will host a live podcast with a special guest exclusively for Seven Dials on Sunday 10th March at The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street. 

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