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31 October 2016

Sandi Toksvig and Jude Kelly speak out at TEDWomen 2016

WFTV Awards winner and host Sandi Toksvig and Southbank Centre artistic director Jude Kelly have spoken at the TEDWomen 2016 conference (26-28 Oct) in San Francisco, highlighting gender pay inequality and the importance of female storytellers.

Image via @patmitchell

Sandi, who spoke during Session 3, entitled ‘It’s about equal time’, reacted to news that the World Economic Forum has changed its equal-pay estimate from the year 2133 to 2186, saying “We can’t wait that long!” She added “This month I become the first woman on British television to host a primetime comedy game show [Qi]. I’m thrilled, but the first? It’s 2016; television has been around for 80 years.”

Jude, who spoke during Session 4, entitled ‘It’s about story time’, asked “Why do we think that stories by men are deemed to be of universal importance and stories by women are thought to be merely about women? …All civilizations, all of humanity, have relied upon artists to tell the human story.”

The talks will soon be available to watch online, via TED.com.