True Currency: About Feminist Economics is a six-part podcast hosted by artists Amy Feneck and Ruth Beale (The Alternative School of Economics), launching on 16 July, with a new episode released weekly. The outcome of an eight month residency, the podcast is produced in collaboration with Lucia Scazzocchio from Social Broadcasts, and presents detailed testimonials from academic researchers, policy experts, community leaders and activists; and explores financial inequality, feminism, intersectionality, labour exploitation, unpaid work, care, unionisation and reproductive labour.
Over the six episodes Amy Feneck and Ruth Beale hear from several contributors, including the Director of UK Women’s Budget Group, Director of FLEX (Focus on Labour Exploitation), a campaigner for Sex Workers’ Union, a parent and NHS community nurse. The podcasts discuss financial inequalities and consider the issues migrant women face when campaigning for fair pay. They also look at unpaid work and care, and consider future re-imaginings for a feminist economy. The final episode focuses on how the Coronavirus pandemic has thrown light upon many of the issues discussed throughout the series.
PLEASE NOTE - This information is also available in Spanish (Click to download) El Verdadero Medio de Cambio- Acerca de las Economías Feministas.pdf . Transcriptions of the postcasts will be available in both English and Spanish.
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.
Released Thursday 16 July 2020.
Episode 1: If Women Counted
Released Thursday 23 July 2020.
Episode 2: Worker Struggles, Part 1 - When Migrant Women Rise, We All Rise
Released Thursday 30 July 2020.
Episode 3: Worker Struggles, Part 2 - No Bad Whores, Just Bad Laws
Released Thursday 6 August 2020.
Episode 4: Suspended Time
Released Thursday 13 August 2020.
Episode 5: We are the True Currency
Released Thursday 20 August 2020.
Episode 6: The Economy is Still Happening
Thank you to Usma Ashraf, Lisa Baraitser, Kathrin Böhm, Lucilla Granada, Ailie Rutherford, Shiri Shalmy, Marion Sharples, Mary-Ann Stephenson, Thaira Mhearba and all at WBG, Adabeybi Candelo, Carmenza Sierra Lopez, Ana Cecilia Clavijo and all members of AMPLA, Javiera Sandoval, Jeannine Moros-Noujaim and all at IRMO, Jade, Ivy, Stacey Clare, Juno Mac, members and allies of the Sex Worker's Union, Mozzaika, Balkiss, and those present at Women's Strike and Sex Work Strike 8th March 2020, Flor Andrade Valencia, Jacquelin Saldaña, Isabel Cortez, Suzanne, Molly and all at UVW, Claire Summers, Ingrid, Maite, Emi, Fares, Sarah, Agneiska, Shanaz, Khudeja, K Rose R, Linh and Zara, the staff of the Henry Fawcett Children's Centre, Lian Pitt, Concheater Thomas, Nadine Bennett; everyone who has attended any of the Feminist Economics Reading groups and the Evaluation Board Meetings, to Fari Bradley, Andrea Franke, Ross Jardine, Ben Prescott, and special thanks to Lucia Scazzocchio, and to Laura Hensser, Sheena Balkwill and all the Gasworks team.