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The coronavirus pandemic has thrown light upon many of the issues covered so far in True Currency, from what is valued and measured as work, to inequalities, to the inadequacy of the current system to support everyone in society equally. Ruth and Amy catch up with speakers from the previous episodes to find out how lockdown has affected them, and what hopes they have for the ‘new normal’.  

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

Lisa Baraitser, Professor of Psychosocial Theory, Birkbeck
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
Claire Summers, mother, NHS Community Nurse


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.


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