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March 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
  • Non-fiction

Rachel Reeves MP

Women of Westminster
An image of Rachel Reeves MP


Shenfield Library, Hutton Road
Shenfield, Brentwood, CM15 8NJ
£5 concessions (27 years and under)

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Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

This inspirational account of achievements of women in parliament over the past 100 years celebrates the centenary of the first women taking her seat in the House of Commons, when Nancy Astor was elected as MP for Plymouth Sutton in 1919. It features insightful and honest interviews with leading female politicians, including Theresa May, Dianne Abbot and Harriet Harman.

In 1919 Nancy Astor was elected as the Member of Parliament forPlymouth 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 (and even then, only some 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. 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. Yet the stories of so many women MPs have too often been overlooked in political histories.

In this book, Rachel Reeves brings many forgotten MPs out of the shadows and looks at the many battles fought by the Women of Westminster, from 1919 to 2019.



Shenfield Library
Hutton Road
Shenfield, Brentwood, CM15 8NJ
033301 32689

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