International Women’s Day – Q&A
Happy International Women’s Day!
Today we are catching up with besties Vic and Jas, the award-wining
duo behind weekly mental health and pop culture podcast, Black Gals Livin’.
Recently the podcast surpassed over 200K listens on all streaming platforms while appearing on Refinery29 UK, BBC and Yahoo. So far the girls have had guests such as Leanne Amaning from Love Island to BBC Apprentice’s Joanna Jarjue.
Lovely to meet you girls, would you like to give our PDBaes a quick into to yourselves?
We are Jasmine, a 27 year old woman who is just trying to live her best life and Victoria, a 26-year-old journalist, podcaster and all-round hun.
We know you have an amazing podcast, Black Gals Livin’. Could you give us a bit of background about it all please?
Black Gals Livin’ podcast discusses all things to do with mental health, pop culture and current affairs. We literally talk about everything including our experiences with anxiety, depression and finding a therapist. We’ve also spoken about diversity in the beauty industry and how we navigate the workplace as black women. At the moment, Love Island is massive culture-wise so we’ve been enjoying having small recaps on our episodes. Our podcast started as a joke between us after I sent Vic a voice-note, but as time went on it became more and more of a desire for us. We then just took the plunge and recorded a pilot episode and decided to test the waters with it.
We wanted to catch up with you girls in support of International Women’s Day today, what does the day mean to you?
Jas: For me, it’s about forging a better world for women and striving for gender equality. On a day-to-day basis, I would like to see the gender pay gap removed and for women to be seen as more than just child-bearers and home-keepers. There is so much more to being a woman.
Vic: International Women’s Day is a day where I celebrate the revolutionary breakthroughs women before me have made. It’s also a day where I celebrate the women around me. Especially my mother.
What do you think it means to be a woman in the society we are currently in?
Jas: I think it means you have to be a fighter. We are constantly talked over, both at work and in wider society. We have to fight to be heard and fight for changes.
Vic: Being a woman in this society today means doing whatever you feel makes you happy really. There’s no set way to be a woman.
Any taboos related to women that you wish were broken?
Jas: I don’t know if it is a taboo as such, but I wish women were paid the same as their male counterparts. I think that by being underpaid it just shows how little we are valued.
Vic: I really wish we didn’t have old school traditions that have been passed on, for example, girls doing the dishes while boys watch football – yes, lots of progress has been made but this still happens in many households and it’s frustrating.
What role or impact would you like to play in relation to women’s rights today?
Jas: I would like to give women a voice. I hope I inspire other women by being transparent and unapologetic about who I am. I think a woman who is sure of who she is and what she wants is unstoppable.
Vic: I think little things go a long way. So for example, if I ever see a woman being ignored in a meeting, I’ll say something like “Hey, you had a great point there” because I know how annoying it is when you are ignored purely because of your gender.
Any women that inspire you the most, if so why?
Jas: As cliché as it is, it has to be Beyonce. I could write a 10,000 word essay on why I think Beyonce is amazing and is an inspiration to us all. I’m inspired by the way she has managed to survive the entertainment industry for over 20 years and is still dominating it. She has had 3 children and gone through marriage issues but she has not missed a beat. To be honest, purely for headlining Glastonbury while pregnant and putting on such an incredible performance, she is an icon.
Vic: Jackie Aina – Firstly, she’s absolutely hilarious and unapologetically herself. What I love about her the most is she has always used her platform to talk on inclusivity and diversity and it’s really made some brands switch up. I just love to see it.
What is your favourite thing about being a woman?
Jas: Having a more relaxed dress code at work during Summer
Vic: When you go into the bathroom of a nightclub and everyone is gassing each other like we’ve been besties for 10 years.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind us?
Jas: Men. We suffer a lot of misogyny by both men (and women as well sometimes), but I think it will be a lot harder to eradicate in men. That will probably take more than a few generations to happen
Vic: Lots of breakthroughs have happened but everyday misogyny and sexism still remains, from women being ignored when they speak up in meetings to being told to smile and it will take a long time before its no longer a thing.