Rachel Reeves: Women of Westminster

Thursday 6th June 3.30pm


In the century since women first gained the vote, almost 500 have been elected to the House of Commons, yet it was not until 2015 that the total number of women ever elected surpassed the number of male MPs in a single parliament. Rachel Reeves (MP for Leeds West since 2010) new book “Women of Westminster” celebrates the remarkable achievements of these political pioneers from the earliest suffrage campaigns, to Barbara Castle’s fight for equal pay, to Harriet Harman’s recent legislation on the gender pay gap. Rachel also examines why it is that, despite Britain having now had two female Prime Ministers and women MPs having made significant strides in the fight for gender equality, the stories of many of the Women of Westminster have too often been overlooked in political histories.