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

Ruth and Amy talk with contributor Shiri Shalmy

Usma Ashraf and Ailie Rutherford


What do we want the economy to be? How can we make a feminist economy? What does a feminist economy want? This episode looks at how feminist principals are used to shape research and economic policy, including the Women’s Budget Group’s commission for a Gender Equal Economy, as well as artists who are creating radical new spaces for rethinking what a feminist economy might look like.

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.


Voices in this episode

Usma Ashraf, Assistant Manager, Swap Market
Kathrin Böhm, artist & co-founder of Company Drinks & Centre for Plausible Economies
Lucila Granada, CEO of FLEX (Focus on Labour Exploitation)
Ailie Rutherford, artist & Artistic Director of The People’s Bank of Govanhill
Shiri Shalmy, Organiser with Cooperation Town, Antiuniversity Now, United Sex Workers and the Women’s Strike Assembly
Marion Sharples, Project Manager of the Commission for a Gender Equal Economy, 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.