Changing the story for women.
When I founded Her Stories in 2017, I wanted to do something for women who have been failed by our society. Having been involved in both feminist activities and politics for several years, establishing the East London Fawcett group (‘ELF’) and working with the 50/50 Parliament campaign, I became increasingly aware of the desperate circumstances of some women in the UK. This is particularly the case for marginalised groups and in many respects getting worse, rather than better, over time.
Having such an incredible roster of artists pool their talents to help raise awareness of other women’s stories is incredibly exciting. It provides the opportunity to celebrate women in the arts, another space where diverse voices need to be celebrated more prominently.
Poverty and austerity are gendered in the UK, as everywhere. Together, the Her Stories team and artists feel we owe it to the women at the front line of social challenges and inequity to try to help where we can. There’s an empathy amongst those identifying as women; a desire to recognise and support the struggles of other women. Building a great community of women, working together to make something positive from a really negative situation, is a wonderful consequence of this campaign.
I hope you will join and support Her Stories as we raise awareness of how some women live in London and the UK; there is so much we can do to prevent the burden of poverty falling upon women.
Hannah Philp, Founder, Her Stories