That’s Not My Age Podcast: MP and women’s rights campaigner Stella Creasy
Concerned about social justice from an early age, Stella Creasy rallied friends to protest about animal cruelty in her teens. Before making her way to Westminster via Walthamstow Council, London (where she’s lived since 1998), Stella was employed as a youth and a charity worker. ‘Politics seemed like a productive place to make change happen,’ the 46-year-old tells me, ‘In my head I’m still that 15 year-old burnished with injustice at the world and excitement about what can be achieved.’ Highlighting the importance of ‘bloody hard work’, being in the room, and not giving up even when you feel unheard, her energy and determination is impressive. After 13 years in opposition, Brexit, the Covid pandemic and a fair amount of political mayhem, she is incredibly focused and driven.
In this special episode, Stella joins me to talk about the realities of getting things done as a woman in politics and imagines a future where things might be different with more financial support for mothers, and less harassment and abuse (of the kind that made the news this week). Please make this happen, Stella! She shares details of the issues she’s currently tackling, both in her London constituency and Westminster, including: maternity discrimination and affordable childcare, regulating the Buy Now Pay Later industry, the safeguarding of child refugees and making misogyny part of the hate crime framework. She quite obviously loves living in Walthamstow, and is incredibly proud of her local community.
Talking to Stella Creasy made me realise that I need to get involved. She is passionate about equality and human rights, and her enthusiasm for fairness and change is contagious. As it says in her social media bio ‘ Sitting on the sidelines is for Statler and Waldorf.‘
We hope you enjoy this special episode. Such an inspiring conversation with an incredible woman.
Stella Creasy doesn’t use unpaid interns, so to ensure that her team is properly paid she tops up her staffing budget via a GoFundMe page. To donate click HERE
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Producer and audio engineer: Linda Ara-Tebaldi
Host: Alyson Walsh
Guest: MP Stella Creasy
Music: David Schweitzer
Artwork: Ayumi Takahashi
Coordinator: Helen Johnson