I feel both positive and negative about International Women’s Day. For example, if I was asked to talk about my most inspiring woman, for International Women’s Day, I think I’d fucking kill myself. Because that doesn’t really mean anything. Yes, of course we’re inspired by other women, but I think we’ve reached the stage where we’ve got to stop doing things like that, and concentrate more on getting more women in positions of power. Because that’s really the only thing that’s going to make a difference. Men are not just going to say, ‘Oh here’s the power – you take it. You just have it.’ They’ll throw us a bone every now and again, but the only way to get things more equal, the only way to protect women’s bodies and women’s rights, is to have more women in positions of power.
For example, in America here we have the [limits to] abortion thing. The only way to protect women is to have a black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. You’ve got to have that balance. You’ve got to have that equality. And I feel very strongly about that. I feel a lot of things now are quite tokenistic. But what does that change? What does it achieve? Which is why I think the only way to really affect change is to have more women in positions of power.
And, of course, that change comes from people. People need to change, and that has to happen in lots of different ways. Education, for one thing. Giving women more chance to work, is another. I think being able to work, and having childcare so they can work, is my number one thing. Because that’s where it all starts. If women can have babies and get educated afterwards – because we need babies, we need women to have babies, obviously – but if you create a society where the woman who has become a mother can’t work because you’ve made childcare so expensive and so unavailable, then you’re perpetuating the same thing. And that’s generational. Women getting educated, getting work, and getting into positions of power is the thing that’s going to affect real change.