A feminist future

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In celebration of International Women’s Day yesterday, The Future Laboratory's futures director Victoria Buchanan shares some of her top resources, asking how, in a post-covid world, we can build towards a more equal future

The UN has powerfully highlighted that to do this, feminism needs to take an intersectional approach. It can no longer just be in service for white, middle class, non-disabled women.  

This means we need to have a conversation about race, gender, sexual orientation, trans rights, disability rights, religious freedom, neurodiversity, and so much more, and about how these things can intersect in a single person or interaction. We need to look harder, see farther, ask new questions and use new terms that admit new possibilities when we think about a feminist future.  

When the pandemic hit, it became horrifyingly clear that it was going to worsen the conditions for essential debate, action and progress in the fight for gender equality.  

Women’s jobs are 1.8 times more vulnerable to this crisis than men’s jobs and the virus is significantly increasing the burden of unpaid care, which is disproportionately carried by women (sources: McKinsey & Co, UN). 

And yet there were also bright moments. In the past year Iceland committed to advance equal pay,women took the lead on the Covid vaccine, and the US made unprecedented strides in electoral politics. 

With this in mind weve highlighted some of our favourite resources, including books, poems, podcasts and binge-worthy tv aimed at tackling and accelerating a more equitable future. Enjoy. 

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9 March 2021

Author: Victoria Buchanan

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Girlboss Rally 2017, Los Angeles. Photography by Chris Swoszowski.

 Daring to Lead: Long Listens

  • With humour and empathy, Brené Brown discusses what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a masculine culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty (Netflix: 1hr 16 mins) 
  • In this podcast, Kimberlé Crenshaw, a leading authority on civil rights and Black feminist legal thought, details the traits that have contributed to her success, and her thoughts on privilege and authority (podcast: 27 mins) 
  • Holly Ridings, NASAs first-ever female chief flight director, weighs in on being a woman in the field with a side dose of space psychology (BBC Sounds: 58 mins)
  • The DICE community has partnered with Permutive to shine an intersectional light on the experiences of all women, and the fact no two journeys to equality are the same 

 

Feminist Joy: Page Turners

‘We need to have a conversation about race, gender, sexual orientation, trans rights, disability rights, religious freedom, neurodiversity, and so much more.’
Victoria Buchanan, futures director, The Future Laboratory
Winston Paul Traditional Collection Fall 2018, photography by Katarina Yazzie

Urgent Ideas: Quick reads

 

Feminist Theory meets Pop Cultures

  • Shrillis a hilarious, awkward takedown of girlboss culture (Hulu: Series) 
  • Mrs America and the fight for women’s rights (BBC: Series) 
  • Disclosure tackles the issues of Trans representation in the media (Netflix: Film) 
  • Knock Down the House simply inspiring as fuck (Netflix: Film) 
  • Moxie think Mean Girls taking down the patriarchy (Netflix: Film) 
‘We need to look harder, see farther, ask new questions and use new terms that admit new possibilities when we think about a feminist future.  ’

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