Before last Monday, some of us hadn't heard of the Women’s Equality Party (WEP), but after Catherine Mayer, the party’s co-founder, came to visit CLSG I am sure we all agree she is an inspiring role model for girls and women.
Outlining her wide-ranging professional career in journalism, as a writer, and more recently heading up a Data Technology think tank, she explained the experiences and observations that led to her move into politics.
In 2015, she co-founded WEP alongside Sandi Toksvig (from the Great British Bake Off!). Catherine spoke to us about the positive, inclusive and enabling policies she and her party have been working towards since then, both through fielding their own candidates in Britain and Europe, and influencing other parties and organisations.
Addressing both Literary Society and Politics Society and their questions, Catherine also gave compelling arguments for the importance of diversity in the arts and culture more broadly, and of the increasing - rather than diminishing - importance of arts, humanities and creative subjects in our technology-rich world. Her talk was interesting, thought-provoking and inspiring, and I am sure we all came away with a greater insight into the wide range of important topics Catherine addressed.
Aisha, Year 12 & Mrs Anderson, English Teacher