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The Alternative School of Economics, True Currency: About Feminist Economics, 2020. Visual identity designed by Ben Prescott. Commissioned by Gasworks.

Henry Fawcett Children's Centre Parent Group workshop

Henry Fawcett Children's Centre Parent Group workshop

Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck

Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director, Women’s Budget Group



Beginning by asking 'What is feminist economics? How are women part of, and excluded from, the economy?', artists Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck start to unpack the issues around work, care and parenthood. Featuring members of the Women’s Budget Group; a Latin American parents group in Brixton; workshop participants at a children’s centre; and artists reimagining local economies.

True Currency: About Feminist Economics is a 6 part podcast by The Alternative School of Economics (artists Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck) who draw on their experiences as artists and mothers, and speak to academic researchers, policy experts, community leaders and activists, to explore financial inequality, feminism, intersectionality, labour exploitation, unpaid work, care, unionisation and reproductive labour.

Please scroll down for a transcript of this podcast in English and Spanish, speaker's biographies and extra resources.


Voices in this episode

Adabeybi Candelo, member of AMPLA (Association of Latin-American parents)
Kathrin Böhm, artist & co-founder of Company Drinks & Centre for Plausible Economies
Jeannine Moros-Noujaim, Project Manager, IRMO (Indo American Refugee and Migrant Organisation)
K Rose R, mother & workshop participant at the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre
Ailie Rutherford, artist & Artistic Director of The People’s Bank of Govanhill
Marion Sharples, Project Manager of the Commission for a Gender Equal Economy, Women’s Budget Group
Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director, Women’s Budget Group


Amy Feneck and Ruth Beale are the third artists to undertake the Gasworks Participation Artist in Residence programme, which supports London-based artists to develop work in collaboration with local community groups. The podcast series was developed between September 2019 and April 2020, through conversations with experts and workshops with community groups at the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre and IRMO (Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation). These workshops  encouraged conversations between women and parents who were interested in these ideas, and are actively involved in feminist economic projects.

Commissioned by Gasworks, supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.