Q&A: Reni Eddo-Lodge on what lies ahead for women

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 18:05

Award-winning journalist and black feminist Reni Eddo-Lodge writes about class, race, gender and social justice from an intersectional perspective. Her articles have appeared in publications including the Guardian, The Voice, the New York Times and Grazia magazine.

Her first book, Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race, is published by Bloomsbury this year. In the light of recent political events, we asked what she thinks lies ahead for women.

After a tumultuous 2016, what would you say is the impact of recent political events on women?
We’ve learnt that hard-won rights are not static, and we have to keep showing up in order to defend them.

How does justice for women become justice for everyone?
By explicitly starting from the bottom up and embracing intersectionality.

Women are one group among many who have felt the impact of recent political events. How can we best support each other in changing times?
By looking after each other and looking out for each other. Care is chronically devalued in society, but we’re not machines. Allow yourself to rest and recuperate; there will always be someone else to take up the baton.

What one thing would you recommend people do to help create a better world for women?
There’s no 'one thing'! Only you can know how you can best apply feminism to your own circles of influence.

Reni introduced her new book, ‘Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race’, at our Women of the World festival.