What inspired you to start Herself.com?
Caitlin Stasey: I noticed that there was a lack of commentary from women about these types of issues, and every time there was it would just be responded to with negation and contradiction and abuse. I wanted to create a forum that was a one-way flow of information from women to the world about themselves.
What have you learned from the women you’ve been speaking to?
Mostly just the dissatisfaction they have with how the world views them, and also with how the media portrays them. Almost across the board every woman expresses upset at the way women are played throughout entertainment. Also it’s incredible to me how many women have been sexually assaulted. They say it’s one in four, but having read through these interviews and emails I receive daily, it seems to me that it’s almost four of four.
How have your Reign co-stars responded to Herself?
They’ve been so supportive and lovely. They all came to my launch party and bought a copy of the magazine. They’re all incredibly progressive and intelligent individuals.
And also Reign is such a female-driven show.
It’s set at a time when women were granted almost no power and weaponized sex was their only method of getting ahead, but despite that, it manages to showcase some truly incredible women.
Besides Herself.com, do you have any other plans?
In the immediate future, I’m trying to hire more photographers to photograph in more remote parts of the world. I’m currently trying to set up communication between myself and female photographer in Somalia, in Istanbul, in Egypt, and in Ethiopia because Herself is primarily on empowering its subjects and what I would love to do is now also empower young female professionals in parts of the world where they’re otherwise dismissed or don’t have access to western opportunities, and an opportunity that paid to do something they love.