Why should politics care about us if we don’t care about politics?

I wrote this after being invited to speak both as artist and as a woman involved in politics in the run up to International Women’s Day.

Rebecca Manson Jones - justrmj's blog

For International Women’s Day 2017 I was invited by the University of Arts London to speak to some women students about being a woman in arts and politics. They sent me some questions in advance and I made some notes. As always happens what was said wasn’t quite the notes but here’s a few of the highlights.

Q – Why do you think it’s important women wanting to work in the arts consider politics

I think all women should consider politics. Why should politics care about us if we don’t care about them? And in arts I think we bring something particular – a way of looking at things, and doing things, building empathy, reframing policies and stories so that people can understand them. We have an ability to set a vision and our agenda that could be really valuable to politics. If as I do, you think our politics…

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About Rebecca Manson Jones

Theatre Director, Artistic Director of Just Jones &, a touring theatre company (www.justjonestheatre.org.uk). Co-Chair of What's Next?-Lewisham, part of a national movement to place arts and culture at the heart of public conversations. Inhabitant and co-creator of the Happy City, freecycler, gardener and Action Learning Facilitator. Governor at Sydenham School, Vice Chair at Oily Cart. Trainer at ITC. Founder member of the Women's Equality Party and candidate in the GLA election and first-ever WEP local council candidate in Brockley, Lewisham in 2016. Standing again in 2018 in Ladywell, Lewisham Blogging about all of those things, not necessarily in that order. No dots, no hyphens, no trouble.
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