'Stories to tell young women' - we're in the press

New book and website exposes challenges for women working in all-male environments.

Last Thursday the lovely Abbie Napier came to my studio at Fine Arts to talk to me about my project, herstory. Yeah, I was nervous. I always think that I’m going to get asked hardcore feminist questions, but so far no one in the media has done that. In fact, everyone’s questions have been very easy - they just want to talk about the project, not about anything else.

I think I’ve gotten used to being criticised for being a feminist, the word is often thrown at me as an insult from both friends and family. People love making jokes about women in front of me now, too. It’s hard work being a feminist, that’s for sure, but I as long as I make sure I have a strong community around me (which I do!) that advocates for the same things as I do, I think I’ll manage. 

I’m so thankful to The Press and Radio New Zealand for running stories on the project, especially because so far this has been self-funded and I haven’t been able to afford any advertising. This has really given the project a boost and a wider audience than I could ever conjure up on my own in a couple of days!

Now it’s time to focus on my studies and knock off my honours degree! I’ve got 10 more stories to refine and get on the website. After that, I’m looking forward to seeing where herstory takes me, and anyone else who wants to join in on the ride… Hint hint

PS the story on The Press website got a few trolls, naturally. Big ups to the commenters who voiced their opinions. Just goes to show how much we  need feminism…