Singer Bjork is ready to speak out on behalf of down-trodden women because she is sick of men leading less complicated lives.

The ARMY OF ME star always avoided conversations about gender issues in the past because she didn't want to be labelled a feminist - but now she is prepared to speak her mind.

The 39-year-old says, "I have been noticing how much harder it is for me and my girlfriends to juggle things than it is for men.

"In the 1990s, there was a lot of optimism, we thought we'd finally sorted out equal rights for men and women... and then suddenly it just crashed.

"I think this is the first time... that I've actually jumped on the feminist bandwagon. In the past I always wanted to change the subject. But I think now it's time to bring up all these issues.

"I wish it wasn't, but I'll do it, I'm up for doing the dirty work."

14/03/2005 09:54