Garbage’s Shirley Manson: ‘Women’s rights have been eroded since 9/11’

Rock icon calls for women to be more vigilant

Garbage singer Shirley Manson has claimed that ‘women’s rights have been eroded since 9/11, and called for more vigilance to defend feminism and gender equality.

The ‘Only Happy When It Rains’ rock icon and vocal feminist was talking to Australian news show 7.30, when she spoke against the recent increase in conservatism – which she described as “a global movement towards eradicating women’s rights.”

“With September 11, I think the world got really conservative,” she said, “and whenever the world gets conservative, women get affected.”

Manson continued: “I think that’s a result, in some ways, of a generation that followed the ’90s, and women took for granted their rights, not really understanding that human rights get eroded constantly and you always have to be really vigilant to make sure that these rights that women have fought so hard for remain in place.”

Praising leading female figures who are making a difference, she said: “whether that’s Michelle Obama, whether it’s Serena Williams, whether it’s Grimes… any successful athlete, any engineer, any producer, I mean, everybody’s at it.”

She also called to women to be less focussed on beauty and the superficial, and instead “to shift their focus onto something that creates a foundation for them as they grow through life.”

Garbage – Magnetized

Music video by Garbage performing Magnetized.

Meanwhile, Manson recently claimed that ‘girl power’ in the ’90s was ‘a sham’ and that she found the Spice Girls ‘abhorrent’.

This year saw Garbage release their critically-acclaimed sixth album ‘Strange Little Birds’ – read the full NME review here

Garbage’s remaining 2016 tour dates are below.

Nov 29 – Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, Australia
Dec 02 – Hordern Pavilion , Sydney, Australia
Dec 03 – Bimbadgen, Hunter Region, Australia
Dec 04 – Sirromet Wines, Brisbane, Australia
Dec 10 – Tropical Butanta, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dec 11 – Circo Voador, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Dec 13 – Luna Park Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec 14 – Coliseo Santiago, Chile
Dec 15 – Coliseo Santiago, Chile
Dec 17 – Festival VIVO X El ROCK, Lima, Peru