10 questions with Karen Radley on International Women’s Day

Here at Scoop we are celebrating International Women’s Day; 8th March 2022.

Here at Scoop we are celebrating International Women’s Day; 8th March 2022. Scoop and the team will be supporting this global celebration to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

We spoke to Scoop founder Karen Radley last week to hear her thoughts on this important topic. Read what she has to say below.

Q: Why do you think it is important to celebrate International Women’s Day?

A: I am related to a suffragette - we have fought to get here and it is important that we recognise this day.

Q: What is the most important piece of advice you have been given?

A: Only ask of people what you are prepared to do yourself. 

Q: What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman thinking of starting a career in fashion?

A: You have to be passionate about fashion and be prepared to understand all sides of the business.

Q: Your favourite fashion designer?

A: Ossie Clark. 

Q: What did you dream of doing when you were a little girl?

A: A ballet dancer.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: Being my father’s daughter. My father was Alfred Radley a boy raised in Norwood Orphanage who built a very successful fashion business.

Q: How important is it for women to lift each other up and what does that mean to you?

A: Women understand women. A women’s friendship and genuine support makes life much richer.

Q: Being a woman of Scoop, what is your favourite thing about working on this show/with this team?

A: Scoop never stand stills - it is always moving and changing. I love the energy the show gives and working with the Scoop team to deliver a wonderful experience.

Q: What would you like to see change in the next 10 years (in regard to supporting women)?

A: I want there to be every opportunity in every field for women - I never had that opportunity when I was younger.

Q: Do you have any books/podcasts/tv shows/films/documentaries/songs you would recommend to people to listen to/watch this IWD?

A: Read Mrs Dallaway by Virginia Woolf, watch Iris about Iris Apfel and of course Little Women.