Francesca Martinez invited five female writers to share the powerful stories behind their activism. Their insightful, poetic and moving essays explore the events and ideas that not only changed their lives but led them to finding their voices and raising them on behalf of others. Discover through these deeply personal accounts how looking at society from a different perspective could change the world for the better.
Author and spoken word poet Penny Pepper remembers her childhood dreams, and speaks out against the barriers society uses to prevent disabled people from fulfilling their potential.
As teenage refugee Sedra Al-Yousef grappled with rebuilding her life and education in another country, at the same time she used compassion and humanity to demolish populist anti-refugee myths.
Marienna Pope-Weidemann, whose teenage cousin Gaia died after going missing, advocates a rethink of our systems, which currently fail many in mental distress.
In Mexico, violence of all kinds – organised, street, domestic – is accepted as normal. From the UK, Laura Morales speaks out and fights to help those suffering back home.
About the editor
Francesca Martinez is a wobbly performer, writer and campaigner whose work is known for challenging preconceptions, questioning norms and passionately celebrating human diversity. Her first play, "All Of Us" explores the impacts of austerity and opens at the National Theatre's Dorfman space next March.