“Women’s equality has the power to both transform our economy and our lives”

Sandi Toksvig

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British broadcaster, writer and campaigner Sandi Toksvig gives a funny and powerful lecture about gender equality and why feminism makes economic sense.

Sandi Toksvig is known for her many and varied talents – including comedian, writer, producer and activist.

She is loved by millions as the presenter of British TV shows QI and The Great British Bake Off. Between this and writing books and plays, Sandi generously gives her time to charities and their events. Most recently she became involved in politics as the co-founder of Women’s Equality Party in the UK.

Sandi is a mighty moral force, championing human rights, passionate about LGBTQI equality and determined to put gender equality at the forefront of her campaigning and professional life.

She is also an Ambassador for Theirworld. In a special episode of the Better Angels podcast, Theirworld President Sarah Brown features Sandi’s 2018 Adam Smith Lecture.

Sandi was invited by the Adam Smith Global Foundation to give the talk in Fife, Scotland. Sarah attended to hear Sandi’s informative, thought-provoking and entertaining lecture.

Listen to Sandi’s lecture on gender equality and why feminism makes economic sense.

The lecture takes you on a journey to discover why achieving gender equality holds up as a smart, progressive and fair way for society to operate.

Sandi tells how Britain’s education system reinforces gender stereotypes by funneling women into service jobs, especially health, social work and education.

But she also looks at the world stage, saying: “The World Economic Forum reckons the global gender pay gap will not close until 2128. The biggest winners in the world economy are the men at the very top.”

Sandi concludes by telling the audience: “Women’s equality has the power to both transform our economy and our lives.”

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