Profile: Caroline Criado-Perez

Caroline Criado-Perez is a freelance journalist and feminist campaigner. She is co-founder of The Women’s Room, an organisation and database that campaigns for more women experts in the media, and she led the campaign to keep women on banknotes.

She has a degree in English from the University of Oxford, and is completing an MSc in Gender at the London School of Economics. Her book, Do It Like A Woman…and change the world, will be published by Granta in May 2015.

Caroline has demonstrated the successful use of social media to generate grassroots support for campaigns. The campaign to Keep a Woman on English Banknotes was supported by a crowd funding page that resulted in sustained media coverage and a meeting with the Bank of England, which saw the Bank announce that Jane Austen will feature on the £10 note from 2017. Caroline was also able to offer advice to the Bank of England regarding their selection process for banknotes and compliance to the 2010 Equality Act.

An unwanted side effect of the campaign was the unprecedented level of abuse and harassment that Caroline was subjected to on social media, and which ultimately saw some of her abusers in court.

Caroline regularly appears as a commentator across all the major national broadcast TV channels and radio stations, and writes for the national media, most regularly for the New Statesman and the Guardian. Caroline was the recipient of the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year Award 2013.

Caroline will be asking Does Female Representation Matter? at our next Penny Lecture on Thursday 19 March. Doors open at 18:00 with the lecture starting at 18:30. Entry is one penny and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. There is no ticketing for this event.

Caroline Criado-Perez is a freelance journalist and feminist campaigner and will be giving our next Penny Lecture. Here we find out more about her…

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