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Harriet Harman on A Woman's Work

Harriet Harman joins Konnie Huq in the Penguin studio to talk about her book A Woman’s Work

‘I was prosecuted by the government because of a case I took against the home office in relation to prisoners’ rights.’ 

Harriet brings along objects including her Labour rosette, her favourite apple pie recipe and her lucky jacket (complete with very large shoulder pads). She talks about being pregnant when she joined the 97% male House of Commons in 1982, the rights that she has fought for over the course of her career, and the changes that she would like to see in the future.

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A Woman's Work

Harriet Harman

'If I had a teenage daughter, especially one who didn't see the point of politics, this is the book I'd buy her. Chatty, accessible and occasionally eye-opening, it's a history of the things conventional political memoirs miss out - written by someone who built a career on things conventional politicians missed out' Gaby Hinsliff, Guardian

'Compelling ... She has guts to spare ... An important story ... Role model? You bet' Tim Shipman, Sunday Times

The first time the story of women's progressive politics over the past thirty years has been told - by someone at the forefront of the movement

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 thirty 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 book 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.

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