What does it mean to be a woman in 2018?
I hope it means, among other things, that you and your best friend do not have to—as my best friend and I once did—agree to be sexually harassed by a dog-sitter in order to secure his services for the weekend because he is the only dog-sitter available and it’s already late on Thursday.
As part of 4th Estate’s month-long celebration of women’s writing, we’re bringing you personal picks from the 4th Estate team. Today’s variety of choices are from Tara Al Azzawi, Naomi Mantin, Liv Marsden and Jack Smyth.
International Women’s Day is a global affirmation of women’s rights marked across the world with marches, protests and celebrations. This year, the #MeToo movement has added extra urgency to the issue of sexual harassment. But a fair question might seem: beyond a few pictures in the newspapers, what does the day actually achieve?
Kyo Maclear, author of Birds Art Life Death, spoke to two young women in her life aged 15 and 16 about what it means to be a feminist today, and what is hoped to be different in the future. The responses from both Tillie and Rabia are hugely insightful. Read on, and be inspired by these young women.