5 Susannah Charlton recalls establishing friendships and shared values through her membership of WiP


It gave me some very good friends. It gave me a much wider understanding of publishing.   And a sense of, sort of validated my sense of who I was and sort of helped to form my identity and values.  I talked, you know, about working, my first job in a merchant bank and leaving it because I realised this was just totally in conflict with my values.   And Women in Publishing was the opposite extreme of actually finding somewhere where the women I was meeting and spending time with on committees and making things happen were women whose values I shared.  No, I’d sort of read some feminist texts but I’ve never studied feminism, and I suppose in a way this is slightly inherited from my mother is that feminism was about behaving in the way that you wanted women to be able to behave.  So, thinking by doing, and actually refusing to acknowledge the barriers.

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