“Feminism threatens a system that works for some and not for others,” she says. “And so those who have the most to lose are the most threatened. Gloria Steinem always talks about getting rid of this notion of hierarchy. What if we said we are linked and not ranked? What if we were evaluated by how good we are and by our strength of character, rather than according to an oppressive societal hierarchy?
“Once you move into that sort of system, no one would be threatened by feminism, because everyone would agree that we don’t have to live in a system which is a zero sum game, that for one person to win someone else has to lose.”
And so the message of her International Women’s Day message, created with filmmaker Deirdre O’Callaghan, is one of hope, of optimism. She was drawn to working with Deirdre because she embodied many of the traits that Madame Gandhi most wants to elevate and celebrate.
“I always tend to follow strong female leaders,” she explains, “that when someone tells you to do something there is a trust built in, because you know what they are asking is for your own good.
“Deirdre has such a fierce style of leadership because she has a vision and the film has turned out really well.
“You don’t have to be female to believe the future is female. I really do think we need to give women the space to lead. We need to stop telling women how to think and how to be. And by taking a step back and passing the mic over to the women in our lives, who knows what sort of extraordinary art, ideas, and creative thinking might come out to make the world a better place?”
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