writer | actress | equality campaigner
Nicola Thorp is an actress, writer and women’s equality campaigner from Blackpool, Lancashire.
Whilst working as a temp between acting jobs, Nicola found herself being dismissed from a receptionist role after refusing to wear high heels and make-up to the office. Surprised to find out that her employer was acting within the guidelines of the law, Thorp set up a petition to “Make it illegal for a company to require a woman to wear high heels to work”, which made front page news in the UK and drew global media attention. The petition received over 150,000 signatures in 72 hours, making it eligible for debate in parliament. Subsequently, Nicola has given evidence and spoken at Westminster in support of women’s equality in the workplace and the importance of intersectional feminism in modern society, as well as talking at many public events on these issues.
Supporter of the Fawcett Society and the Women’s Equality Party, Nicola is also on an advisory board for evaluating the UK Parliament’s e-Petitions System on a project that will run until 2020.