12 Charlotte Gascoigne discusses WiP's all-women environment
This was the first female-only environment that you had been in.
How important was that?
Well I was quite surprised at what a difference it made. I didn’t expect it. I didn’t expect to feel different in a women-only environment. You know, I think, I found myself more confident in a women-only environment. I found that I could say things that I, I was still a desperately shy person, I wasn’t outgoing at all but I think I got a lot of satisfaction from joint activity, from doing things with other women that were making the world a better place as I saw it, and you know it gave me connections with other people in publishing, understanding of other parts of publishing, and helping other women as well.
And I think, I was quite surprised to find that actually that was significant because of course, I mean I wasn’t conscious of the world being a gendered place at that point [laughs]. It was just the way the world was but, I think, when you go into a women-only environment you start to understand that the rest of the world is a very gendered place. So, I think it helps you to understand more about yourself ‘cos obviously you are, the other women in the room are reflecting back elements of yourself much more than in a mixed environment.