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Ruth Wilson: 'I fought for sex education at school'

Ruth Wilson wanted to walk as part of the Women's March but couldn't as she was performing on stage at the time.

Ruth Wilson championed sex education as a 10-year-old schoolgirl.

The feisty actress has become known for portraying strong women on screen, but away from the cameras she’s just as bold in her everyday life.

Recalling how she’s been “pursuing little fights” all of her life, Ruth told The Edit how she fought for her and her school friends to have a proper understanding about sex.

“When I was about 10 years old at junior school, there was no sex education,” she told the publication. “I think my parents gave me a book about sex, which I took to school, and that was it. I remember talking to my dad, who was chairman of the governors, saying we needed sex education. I just had the feeling that I should know this stuff and they should teach it. I have been pursuing little fights (like that) all my life.”

The Affair actress further revealed how she’s considering putting on a festival for short films, written and directed by women, after abandoning the idea eight years ago due to a lack of contacts.

“I didn’t know many people and didn’t have weight behind me. Maybe I could do it now,” she mused.

Ruth is a vocal supporter for women’s rights, and says she’s been inspired in recent years by the likes of British Prime Minister Theresa May, Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon.

While she wasn’t able to take part in the Women’s March in January (17), due to stage commitments with play Hedda Gabler at London’s National Theatre, 35-year-old Ruth says the atmosphere was electric that day.

“It was a special day. If I wasn’t (on stage), I would have marched,” she shared.

“There’s a responsibility as an actress to reflect women properly. That’s important.”

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