Julia Hartley-Brewer ‘not convinced’ by International Women’s Day

Monday, March 9, 2020

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has questioned the need for an International Women’s Day after people around the world marked the occasion over the weekend.

International Women’s Day is an annual event on March 8, with this year’s #EachforEqual campaign promising to “celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality”.

But Julia, in conversation with the Spectator’s Kate Andrews, questioned whether the day has begun confusing “clear legal or economic barriers” to women and “the choices women make”. These are her views and not talkRADIO’s.

She said: “I share the terrible, terrible affliction of not being entirely convinced that we need an International Women’s Day.

“I’m not entirely sure that this playing out of women as perpetual victims in really where we want to be.”

Julia said Sadiq Khan's International Women's Day tweet was 'patronising'

She also said criticised people for hailing Meghan Markle as an “icon of feminism” after the duchess made a surprise appearance at an east London school to mark International Women’s day.

Meghan, who will today carry out her final duty as a senior royal before she and husband Prince Harry step back from their roles, told students at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham to “value the women in your lives”.

But Julia said: “I do find it difficult when people put up Meghan Markle as an icon of feminism.

“I mean, she married a rich prince and gave up her job - I'm sorry if I struggle with the idea that this is the epitome of feminist achievement.”

Julia concluded: “There does seem to be an awful lot of this idea that constantly women are somehow victims and women are being forced to do things.

“I go many, many, many weeks in my daily life before I come across any female victims.”

Watch Julia’s full interview with Kate Andrews above.

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