Julia Kingsford

As I've got older I've become more and more feminist because the world hasn't changed as fast as I've wanted it to. When I was 12 I was told about the tampon tax by a teacher who told me not to worry because 'we'll have dealt with it by the time you're grown up'. I'm now 37. I don't think I could bear if today's 12 year olds had seen such little change in 25 years as I feel like I have. Talking to my mum, who was born in 1945 and strived and pushed to be allowed to do any of the things she achieved and to enable me to have so much more freedom than she did, I realised that one of the biggest frustrations I feel is that as a generation we were brought up being told the battles were won and whilst huge progress has been made we aren't at equality yet. I wanted to feel celebratory on 6th February but instead I felt angry. In 1928 it will be 100 years since universal suffrage - is it too much to hope that we can get to equality by then? I worry that it is, but I want to do everything that I can to get there and this year that includes raising £1000 for the Fawcett Society.

Julia Kingsford