Sunday 18 November 2018

Jordan rallies women 'to make sexism visible'

Bono, Ali Hewson, Eve Hewson and Jordan Hewson. Photo: Stefanie Keenan
Bono, Ali Hewson, Eve Hewson and Jordan Hewson. Photo: Stefanie Keenan
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

Social activist Jordan Hewson has warned that women "are at war in the dark" when it comes to fighting sexism.

The tech company founder, and eldest daughter of Bono and Ali Hewson, has rallied women to "make sexism seen".

In an essay for the new book, Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies), to raise money for the 'Girl Up' charity, she says: "Sexism is a culture" which "must become visible".

The first weapon against misogyny, she says, is to identify it and help others see it too. She writes: "Let's be honest, you probably have people in your own family who fight with you on the topic over dinner", and warns women against unknowingly harbouring "a sexist attitude because of social influences", admitting "I certainly have made that mistake" in the past.

Ms Hewson says she wasn't aware of female inequality until she entered the workplace and describes how, until then, "the idea that boys were entitled to more or better things didn't just seem ridiculous, it seemed uneconomical (which it is)".

'Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies)' curated by Scarlett Curtis is published by Penguin Random House, priced €13.99.

Sunday Independent

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