“In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need all-female spaces of any kind… But all the time that the ‘ideal world’ is still very much just that, I think that we do,” says the founder of the first member’s club for women in the arts, Joanna Payne. Speaking after International Women’s Day, the director of London club Marguerite, 30, has said female-only spaces remain a necessary force in the drive towards a world where “everyone would feel that their voice was heard equally, regardless of their gender, race, or sexual preference”. Following Friday’s global celebration of women that urges gender equality, Ms Payne hailed women’s clubs as key to addressing gender imbalance in the creative industries. More than two years on from the launch of the group, which hosts networking events for women in the arts, she said Marguerite is still focused on “empowering” women to achieve their potential at work and in their lives. She told the Standard: “There is a real strength in us as women coming together to share in our experiences.” Founded in 2016, Marguerite aims to help women succeed in the art world through a ready-made support network of female peers to build both connections and… Read full this story
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