The Matrix Law Pod Episode 4 – Unequal Impact: Race, Gender and Poverty in Times of Crisis


This week we speak to Afua Hirsch and Martha Spurrier about the impact on existing inequalities within our society, most particularly race, gender and poverty, in times of crisis. It is becomingly increasingly clear that whilst the coronavirus itself does not discriminate, its effect does and is cruelly amplifying existing inequalities.

Afua is a barrister and well known author, journalist and broadcaster, for amongst others the Guardian, LBC and Sky News. Her new book Brit(ish): Race, Identity and Belonging is a Sunday Times bestseller.

Martha is a barrister who has enjoyed a successful career both at the Bar and in house at Mind and then Public Law Project, and is currently the Director of the prominent civil liberties organisation, Liberty.

Every week we ask our guests to recommend a book for our listeners to read during lockdown. This week Martha recommended Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’, a beautiful exploration of motherhood, gender identity and sexuality, whilst Afua has recommended Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hongan, an essential polemic on being Asian in America, and a beautifully written story about immigration and identity.

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