Top Girls

September 30, 2003 / The Guardian

The chances are you won’t have heard of them, but we are pretty sure you will. In a Guardian women’s special, Libby Brooks introduces 50 women on their way to the top

(Not by me but about me).


Katharine Ainger, 28, co-editor of New Internationalist

So far: Katharine Ainger has always felt like an outsider looking in. She grew up in south-east Asia and Greece, and moved back to England when she was 14. At 17, she travelled in Nepal, wondered why so many government officials and aid workers were travelling around the countryside in expensive jeeps while there was no running water and electricity in the villages, and came back radicalised. After graduating in English from Manchester University, she spent a year travelling India, researching globalisation issues. She discovered many new social movements, and many people with stories to tell about dispossession. In 1999, she reported from the World Trade Organisation conference in Seattle, and realised that she was in the right place at the right time – suddenly people wanted to hear the stories about social injustice and rampant capitalism that had fallen on deaf ears for years. She is co-editor of New Internationalist, a radical monthly magazine dedicated to the pursuit of global justice, and has co-edited the book We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism.

Next up: She plans to write a book about the many areas of life, both old and new, that are being privatised – from land to the human genome to software.

She says: “I want to tell real stories that speak to people. For me, it is all about untold stories, and who gets to tell the stories. God, I sound so self-righteous, don’t I?”