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“The world would be a lot happier if equality really existed. Not just economically but emotionally as well. I think there was some statistic that said ‘if every country in the world had gender equality it would contribute an extra 28 bln to the global economy’. We’re a long way off that. It won’t happen until you have real equality in every single government across the world. I’d like to think the younger generation will help get us there and help to extradite it quickly. Do it in my lifetime, please.”

Karen Blackett OBE is Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth. Karen is chairwoman of MediaCom, the UK's largest media agency and has been named the most influential black woman in the UK.