What kind of career’s advice did you get as a young woman?
To carry on in education
What did you want to be when you left education?
An actor, then a teacher, and now I’m not sure
Did your mother work?
Yes, very much
Love & Relationships:
Do you think getting married is important?
Not for me at all
What did you dream your future partner would be like when you were a little girl?
A good father
Is your relationship with your partner the same as your parents’ relationship?
N/A. But in a future relationship I would like it to be
How like your mother are you?
It depends on the situation but in terms of her passion and excitement I think we are very similar, I just wish I had her work ethic!
What are your hopes for any daughters or young women you know?
That they feel utterly free to do what they want in life, no matter what path that may be
Do you bring your son up the same way as your daughter? Do you think boys and girls should be brought up differently?
I don’t have children but I should hope not, I know it is inevitable to have differences but as much as possible they should have the same upbringing
If you don’t have children, what have you been able to do that having children would have prevented you doing? What has your focus been?
I am free to travel!
Expectations and Dreams:
Who are your heroines and why?
Maya Angelou for her power and strength and intelligence, Nina Simone for her passion and talent, my Mum for her drive and endless ambition, my Grandma for her success in education and her career against the odds and how passionate and supportive she is about women in education
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Moved halfway across the world for 4 months alone (mentally), gone skydiving (physically)
What drives you?
Being successful, eg. Spend my life doing something that makes me happy and being a positive influence on those around me
What are your values?
Respect the world and the world will respect you, always prioritise love and understanding over hate and ignorance
How old are you?
What has been your favourite age to be and why?
So far, 21
Do you think it’s better to be young now than when you were young? (Or better now than when your parents were young?)
Yes and no, I don’t like how now there is so much focus on technology and social media etc which wasn’t a thing when my parents were young, which sounds quite liberating. Also university was free and houses were a lot more affordable. But I think we have a lot more opportunities to do exciting things now
What are the pros and cons of being a woman?
Pros: being passionate and emotional and loving, being able to grow an entire new person in our wombs, the feeling of sisterhood and solidarity. Cons: sexual harassment, feeling unsafe, general inequalities in how we are viewed in the world
What have been the biggest challenges in your life?
Working through anxiety and depression to get to a point where I’m genuinely happy!
Self-image – Body or Looks:
Why do you dress the way that you do?
Because I wear what makes me feel good, and what I am comfortable in
What would be your musical soundtrack?
Something dramatic and intense and fun and empowering, or perhaps Beyonce
Do you have a life’s motto?
Treat others how you would like to be treated, and treat yourself how you would like others to be treated