American founder of all-female I AM Creative, Kate March is a globally acclaimed multi-hyphenate artist and entrepreneur as well as a performance artist, director, writer, choreographer, speaker and producer. Here, Kate answers our ‘what it means to be a woman in 2018’ Q&A, to mark 100 years of suffrage; the Representation of the People Act 1918 was passed on 6 February 1918.
Kate March Q&A
It’s been 100 years since (some) women were granted the right to vote in the UK – how far do you think women have come in the last century?
From the dawn of time women have always demonstrated their talents, creativity, ingenuity and immeasurable place in society as an equal gender – Of course, the world hasn’t always made this visible or accepted the equal progress of women in society. In other words, it’s not a question of how far women have come, it’s about how far has the whole of society come in recognising the shared potential and greatness of both genders and the answer there is not far enough, but we’re getting there.
What does it mean to be a woman in 2018?
I don’t really know how to answer that…..it’s meant the same thing to me it has always meant: complexity, beauty, intuition, mystery, and resilience. I don’t think the meaning of womanhood changes as such, the meaning of being a woman is unique to each of us with the common threads being our unique universal experience of defending our strength and potential for centuries. I think new opportunities to be heard and taken seriously have been emerging for women and I feel both profound responsibility and deep celebration in this contemporary moment of evolution to stay true to our progress.
What do women still need to achieve?
The confidence in knowing we are worthy of our dreams and we can pursue our dreams without compromise or fear standing in the way.
Your personal proudest achievement?
I guess there’s no singular moment of achievement, but rather my journey. Knowing that I took a chance on myself and my dreams and chose to carve my own path by starting the creative collective I AM. Having traveled all over the world as a performance artist and being able to earn a living as a full time artist and employ other creatives, this makes me feel like I am leading by example and I feel proud of this.
If you could teach young women one thing about being it woman it would be…
The wisdom of our body and the intuition of our soul is infinite and unbelievably powerful, cultivate and tend to it and never take it for granted.
And if you could teach young men one thing…
Same advice I would give to women actually. See above. I think if all of us, men, women, and otherwise, felt more connected to our bodies and spirit, we would have a much easier time understanding how to relate to one another and a lot of the power struggles seen between genders would start to dissolve.
Complete the following: In the next 100 years, I hope women will…
…feel safe wherever they are in the world; safe to walk to school or to work; safe to be alone; safe to be a CEO; safe to be happy; safe to be a mother; safe to not be a mother; safe to have dreams; safe to be happy; safe to have abundance; safe to not wear makeup; safe to wear a skirt; safe to be themselves.
Kate March is taking part in the 6-course fine dining feast of fierce femininity ‘An Evening of Meat’ at The Vaults as well as performing several inspirational TEDx talks across the world as she discusses the importance of the grey areas in her life.