Tanya Moodie, a critically-acclaimed actress and founding member of the Women’s Equality Party, will be recording the audiobook for Catherine Mayer's Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World! (HQ, HarperCollins).
Moodie has won Best Actress at the International Achievement Recognition Awards for her performance of Gertrude in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet and is also known to TV viewers for roles in "Sherlock", "Prime Suspect" and "Archangel". She will also be addressing crowds on behalf of the party at the Trafalgar Square rally of the Women’s March on London this Saturday (21st January).
Mayer, Women’s Equality Party co-founder, and a former editor-at-large for TIME magazine, said the book announced in September will outline the "many and good reasons why BAME women often regard white feminists with mistrust". There will also be a chapter on Iceland in the book as "the world’s best country for women". In recognition, Mayer brought along Halla Gunnarsdóttir, head of policy and partnerships at the Women’s Equality Party and a former advisor to the Icelandic government, to help Moodie with her Icelandic pronunciation during the recording.
Mayer said: “As soon as I heard there was going to be an audiobook, I hoped Tanya would agree to read it. I admire her immeasurably as a performer and also for her politics. In my book I explain the many and good reasons why BAME women often regard white feminists with mistrust. Tanya shares these concerns and experiences, but has decided that the way forward is to get involved and make feminism work for everyone.”
Moodie said: “When Catherine asked me to be her voice for her book, there was no question in my mind that this was an honour, a challenge, a gift, a duty. Catherine has a forensic capacity for research and her curiosity is playful, infectious and courageous. Some passages leave me reeling, others cheering in my heart for the future of the feminist movement. Catherine's writing is the lion's roar of the new wave of the fight for intersectional gender equality.”
Attack of the Fifty Foot Women publishes on International Women's Day in March this year.