‘Women in Public Life’ a speech made by Rahila Gupta at a Feminism in London event
Author Rahila Gupta
Most people start with thank yous. I have to start with provisos: If one of the defining qualities of a woman in public life is instant name recognition, then all of you would be forgiven for asking Rahila – Who? I had the same reaction – when I was asked to participate in this panel – what moi? So here I am feeling like the Great Pretender, someone who has always been more comfortable as a backroom girl, pontificating about a space to which I have only a peripheral connection.
Which brings me to my first point about public life – visibility and our fields of vision. The moment any one of us sticks our head above the parapet, beyond the confines of our immediate friends and family, we enter that ill-defined…
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