Category Archives: feminism

Labour is a pioneer in fighting sexism. That doesn’t mean there’s no sexism in Labour

Here’s a piece I wrote for the New Statesman today. While we campaign against misogyny, we must not fall into the trap of thinking Labour is above it; doing so lets women members down and puts the party in danger … Continue reading

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Everywoman: a review

‘You will never be popular’, starts Jess Phillips – words spoken to her by Harriet Harman when she first began speaking out for women in parliament.

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A message to Donald Trump

I wrote this following the Women’s March. As Donald Trump settled in to the Oval Office on Saturday, millions of people worldwide took to the streets to march for women’s rights. In London, Labour members, trade unionists and thousands of … Continue reading

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Ending rape culture

It was a pleasure to share a panel with some really fantastic women, including Sarah Champion MP, last night to discuss how we end rape culture. I talked about the rape culture within politics and my experience volunteering at a … Continue reading

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In politics as in life, sexual harassment is a consequence-free crime

Here’s an article I wrote for the New Statesman, published today. Labour might as well copy Donald Trump’s winning ways and have its politicians “grab a woman’s pussy”.  So jokes Mark Steel. He needn’t worry – British political parties are … Continue reading

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Use it or lose it?

The Institute for Fiscal Studies yesterday published a report showing that the 18 per cent gender pay gap steadily worsens once women have children. Alongside better quality part-time jobs, affordable childcare, a living wage and equal pay audits, greater uptake … Continue reading

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All-women shortlists are working – and the evidence proves it

I wrote this for LabourList after reading some great research into all-women shortlists. I joined the Labour Party because I want a more equal society. That includes equal representation for women in Parliament. So far the only thing that has … Continue reading

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