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Kizzy Crawford: Why feminism is so important to singer

From BBC - February 6, 2018

As the suffragettes are remembered 100 years on from the Representation of the People Act 1918 - which gave women the vote for the very first time - singer Kizzy Crawford, 21, from Merthyr Tydfil, who has written about gender equality in her songs, reflects on what still needs to change.

I was raised by a single mother who is a feminist, she worked full time whilst also bringing up me, my three sisters and our brother.

We were definitely raised as feminists, my brother too.

She used to point things out when we were watching TV, reading books or watching the news and make us aware of the inequalities and how women are represented.

It's only recently that I have realised that in doing this, she was teaching us about inequality and pointing out the importance of resisting this.

I was brought up to be conscious of how women are portrayed and treated and to fight against this when it was a stereotype. I think it is important for young girls to understand how our ancestors have paved the way for us to be where we are today.

The actions of the suffragettes are unbelievable to women like myself, the way they fought for what they believed in and the lengths they went to are amazing. But even after they led the way by campaigning for the vote, there is still so much that needs to be done.

My grandmother gave up her job when she was married and did not have her own bank account or mortgage.

But I have been brought up to believe women and mothers can achieve anything, my life is so different to how my grandmother's was.

I am fortunate because my music career is my full-time job, which allows me to earn enough money to support myself and my home - 100 years ago I would never have been able to get where I am now.

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