Why does the political representation of women matter? And which hurdles - personal, political and societal - have been faced, fought and sometimes overcome in the past 30 years?
From campaigning with small children to increasing the number of women in Parliament, bringing women's issues to the heart of the Labour Party and tackling a parliamentary culture with no consideration for family life, this frank, inspiring and politically charged audiobook is a crucial account of the progress (and occasional setbacks) made in fighting to change the Labour Party, UK politics and the way the country has been governed since the 1970s.
Loved it, I would recommend for any women as a listen, enjoyed listening to Harriets story
This is an amazing and eye-opening record of the changes the women's movement has wrought for equality in the U.K. and beyond since the 1970s. There is of course still a mountain to climb but this documents some of the incredible steps forwards that have been taken. An engaging account that also brings back in to focus some of the great achievements of New Labour in the 90s which are often lost under the shadow of the war in Iraq. Highly recommend.
this blew me away. I'm a probation officer and I can't believe that so many of the amazing strategies we have now to address domestic violence are down to this woman. I'm beyond amazed by her. unmissable.
A good and thorough memoir which details the womens movement and changes within the labour party from the 1970s to today. Some interesting themes and a very relevant recounting of government in the last decades. Well worth a listen, and doesn't feel like the huge tome you are expecting it to be
Great insight into the womens movements and the labour party from someone at the very core of it
includes a great insite with a lot of detail and examples of our political system
One of the most underrated modern politicians. A fascinating memoir to be read with a new notebook and pen ready.
whatever hour politics this is a very interesting book taking you through the politics of the seventies to present day.
A vitally important contribution to the history of the Labour Party and the women's movement!
This is a powerful book and one that should be required reading by our school children to understand how things have changed and how much further there is to go.
I was particularly struck by the answers school children give when asked about the effect having a baby will have on the mother and father's career. The mismatch in responses is startling and reflects those of the middle aged now. I see the workplace having changed beyond recognition in terms of accommodating caring responsibilities (I work for a very progressive company and understand my company's flexibility is not universal) and it is in stark contrast to the misogyny and denigration of women I see within the homes and relationships of some of my contemporaries.
I have learnt a lot about resilience from listening to the stories in this book, that we should all be more vocal and prepared to argue even if it means taking flack. I think we owe it to women like Harriet Harman to do so.
Thank you, Harriet Harman for writing this book. It would have been a tragedy for women and the women's movement if you hadn't.