"This is what a feminist looks like…"

// 10 March 2007

For those unfamiliar with the Fawcett Society, it is an organisation that has been working to try and bridge the gap in equality between men and women since 1866.

Their t-shirt campaign has attracted the attention of the national press, with a recent article in The Guardian discussing how celebrity endorsement is helping to centralise the need to address gender inequality to the vanguard of the socio-political campaign.

Sarah Smith

The t-shirt, which are either black with white lettering or vice versa, are adorned with phrases such as ‘I’ve got Millicent tendencies,’ ‘I’m a friend of a Millicent’ and the hugely popular and trademark phrase ‘This is what a feminist looks like’.

The celebrity support has been phenomenal with a diverse range of people, from pop stars to authors and politicians, getting involved and agreeing to have their photographs taken wearing the t-shirts. Cherie Booth, Tracy Chevalier, Ade Edmondson and Ken Livingston are some of the stars who have adorned the t-shirts, with fellow supporter, the novelist Sarah Waters, remarking that:

“Feminism is part of a wider struggle against the inequalities of race, ethnicity and class – against all inequalities. Surely the real question should be, not ‘Why are you a feminist?’ but ‘Why aren’t you one?'”

In the photo here, Sarah Smith, a presenter for More 4 News, dons the t-shirt and says: “We should all be proud to call ourselves feminists.”

If you are interested in becoming involved, you can find more information and download an order form from the Fawcett Society’s website.

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