A blockbuster opening day in which we talk politics (although not exclusively!).
How can you avoid it in these ‘interesting times’? Firstly, we welcome Rachel
Reeves MP, in conversation with journalist and broadcaster Gerry Foley, to talk
us through the increasing presence and influence of women in Westminster.
In 1919 Nancy Astor was elected as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton, becoming the first woman MP to take her seat in the House of Commons. Her achievement was all the more remarkable given that women had only been entitled to vote for just over a year.
In the past 100 years, a total of 489 women have been elected to Parliament and the achievements of these political pioneers have been remarkable. Britain has now had two female Prime Ministers, and women MPs have made significant strides in fighting for gender equality, from the earliest suffrage campaigns to Barbara Castle’s fight
for equal pay to Harriet Harman’s recent legislation on the gender pay gap. Reeves’ new book features insightful and honest interviews with leading women including Theresa May, Diane Abbott and Harriet Harman, and celebrates the inspirational achievements of women in parliament over the course of the past 100 years.
Rachel Reeves is Labour MP for Leeds West and former Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions. Prior to her parliamentary career, she worked as an economist.
'Our past isn’t made up just of his stories, but her stories too - Rachel uncovers the best of them - the lives of those political women who wouldn’t be stopped.' Laura Kuenssberg