Victoria also uses the medium of art as well as protest to engage with questions about women and society.
Victoria is descended from a long line of cotton mill workers from Manchester, where she grew up as a child, attending her local state school and sixth form college. Her experiences of economic decline and social deprivation spurred her interest in the "big" questions that economists seek to answer, such as "why are some countries rich and others poor?", "what causes boom and bust?" and "how can poverty be resolved?". Inspired by the Industrial Revolution, her research focuses on the question of how Europe became the prosperous region it is today, as well as on the challenges faced by the West in the modern age, such as slowing economic growth and inequality.
Victoria is an outspoken critic of modern economics, both for its lack of historical emphasis and for its neglect of women. She is a committed feminist who explores perceptions of the female body through her work with noted artists and through various writings which combine both economics and feminism. She has made a public call for a sexual revolution in economics and firmly believes that lowering inequality, reducing poverty and raising economic growth in the West requires the empowerment of women in poorer parts of the world - that the economic problems faced by richer countries are intrinsically tied to the conditions elsewhere.
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