There are journalists. Then there are you know, journalists, and then there’s Vicky Spratt. If you’re feeling a bit unproductive today we recommend you stop reading now.
Vicky is one of the most determined and focused young writers and broadcasters working in the UK today, and her tireless commitment to campaigning against legislation that makes being a twenty-something now even harder than it already is, is truly unique. From tampon tax to rent hikes and the contraceptive pill, Vicky doesn’t just write about the scourge of the current governmental crisis we find ourselves enclaved in, she does something about it.
Vicky has made it her mission, as Deputy Editor of The Debrief to fight hard and publicly for issues she cares about. From her petition to Make Renting Fair that actually resulted in letting agent’s fees being banned, to her latest viral hashtag #madaboutthepill that’s inspiring global conversations about the pedestrian handing out of drugs to women regardless of the well documented side-effects of the contraceptive pill- like, umm- suicidal thoughts, low libido, anxiety and panic attacks. Despite spending a year interviewing experts and putting freedom of information requests into the NHS to get exclusive data and getting nothing- Victoria has persisted. Off her own back she ran an audit via The Debrief and over 1000 women got in touch, relieved to be able to talk about the terrible impact the pill is having on their life. Her research has ignited the discussion and we can’t wait to see what she achieves with the work.
Did we mention that Vicky is only 28 and has appeared on Women’s Hour, contributes regularly to VICE and the BBC, hosts an incredible NTS how called Dirty Talk and has some potential TV documentaries in the pipeline? Fingers, bloody, crossed. For us Vicky embodies the Babyface spirit. She constantly exits in spaces she’s told she shouldn’t (Tory party conferences or Yarl’s Wood) she’s steadfast, vocal and she’s inciting real change to better lives. While she’s not busy mending the world, you can find her curled up in Clapton, maybe listening to Sweet Female Attitude’s Flowers. Welcome wonderful Vicky.