Margaret Atwood needs no introduction. The Canadian author, who just won the prestigious Booker Prize, has always been an insightful artist and artfully insightful. Through her books, she has presented a bleak but increasingly real picture of the future, and raised her concerns over it.
The author has also spoken for women time and again. In this video, she speaks at the magazine Variety’s ‘Power of Women’ event, and talks about how the world has changed for women. She recollects that when she was growing up, a powerful woman was either termed a freak or was known as something worse. In the early 70s, she says, “you were lucky if you were a token”.
Standing at the event, she opines how we would not need special events for women when they do become an accepted, equal part of society. But, she continues, we are very from that moment. “Right now, it is both the best of times and worst of times for women.” “Women have made themselves vigorously heard in the last three years. Not only in the United States but in many other countries.” However, the fight is far from over. “Some women are fighting for rights they never had and others are fighting the threatened removal of such rights. Now is not the time to take anything for granted.”
In the course of the speech, she talks about her famous dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, and laments how she was drawing from the past and was not predicting the future. But the novel had a glimmer of hope and she ends her speech hoping that it translates into reality as well.