Who is she?
Raised in a family of eight kids in a council flat, Caitlin won a writing contest aged 13 and at 16 was writing for UK music bible Melody Maker.
Her columns in The Times have achieved a cult status, and in 2011 she released the worldwide bestseller How To Be A Woman, which is considered a modern day feminist classic. It’s a jolt to the heart of women everywhere, warning them how the forces of the patriarchy have crept up on us once more. And even more importantly, to the women who think it’s not necessary to be a feminist anymore. It’s funny as hell, too. She tackles porn, strip clubs, waxing, g-strings, childbirth, fashion, abortion and more. Just read it.
Why should we thank her?
For bringing feminism back into the mainstream again. She’s real and frank about the inequalities women still face today and she’s unrelenting about women who don’t call themselves feminists (see quote below). She acknowledges the hard-fought battles of feminists before her and brings a wonderful new voice to the movement.
“What part of liberation for women is not for you? Is it the freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man that you marry? The campaign for equal pay? Vogue by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that stuff just get on your nerves?”
This is the MOST wonderful interview Caitlin does with NPR’s incomparable Terry Gross.