Professor Anna Reading
Professor of Culture & Creative Industries
Culture, Media & Creative Industries
Date started at King’s
Challenges and achievements
Any details you wish to share about how being female has impacted upon your career (positively or negatively)
At various times, I was told within academia that being female mattered: I was told by one manager that he didn't believe in women working after they had children; I was told by one appointment committee that I was “too young” to be appointed to Head of Department although they thought I fulfilled all other criteria; I was told by another Senior Manager that working part-time after my first child was born "was not an option".
After my second child, both my partner and I asked to go part-time. We worked like that for several years until our children were school age. Now I work full-time and my partner works mostly from home.
Each challenge has made me work harder and has spurred me on in my research on gender and cultural memory. I make sure I connect to the bigger picture. I was made a partner to the Women's National Commission (2002-10) which meant I could see the work of women partners in NGOs across the UK and have some small impact through WNC policy contributions to national policy.
Now as Head of the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King's it is a privilege to be in the position to lead and contribute positively to the development of a culture, as well policies and practices in which equality is the norm.