Margie Orford chairs a discussion with writers Ahdaf Soueif, Fatima Bhutto and Laura Bates, which looks at the PEN Women’s Manifesto and the role women play in changing the world.
Founded in 1921 by Catherine Amy Dawson Scott, English PEN was a trailblazer for equality between genders in a literary world dominated by men.
Scott famously wrote: ‘It is the artist who tries to gradually accustom people to the possibilities of a better state of things.’ From the first meetings of the PEN Club, she recruited a number of women founding members, such as Radclyffe Hall, Violet Hunt and Rebecca West, when no such organisation existed for women writers.
As PEN International celebrates 100 years, the panellists talk about their writing and the role of women in pushing for change in the world.
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