It’s not everyday that you get to have tea with a former Prime Minister. Interviewing Kim Campbell was a wonderful experience and one that I will not soon forget! She is a fiercely intelligent and passionate woman and it was a great pleasure to sit down with her and speak to her about women and politics.
In her interview, Campbell talks a lot about the need women have to find a work/life balance when they get involved in politics or the business world, and how much of the changes in women’s lives have come from a reimagining of men’s roles. As Campbell says:
The advancement of women has been as much a transformation of male roles and expectations as the removal of formal barriers.
Feminism also benefited me in my relationships with women. The women I dated in college and afterward no longer looked as me as a ‘success object’ — someone who would provide for them. They were strong and motivated enough to take care of themselves. They sought careers and adventure, and a man who would be an equal partner. Thus, I had the luxury of dating, and eventually marrying, a woman whose full potential was not curtailed by society’s limitations.