Melissa Benn - Can women ever win in politics? Reflections on the centenary of women’s suffrage

06 March 2018 - 06 March 2018 5.30 - 6.30 pm Keele Hall - to be confirmed
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Melissa Benn

A hundred years ago, women won the qualified right to vote. Since then, we have seen many women MPs, ministers, even two female Prime Ministers and numerous laws passed that benefit all women’s lives. But something is still very wrong in our body politic. In this talk, I want to reflect on what has been achieved but also what massive difficulties women still face, here and abroad, in every sphere of public activity: be it as politicians or campaigners, would-be Presidents or feminist activists. And how can we fight back?

Melissa Benn is a writer and campaigner. She has published numerous articles and essays for publications as diverse as Cosmpolitan and the London Review of Books, and is currently a regular contributor to the Guardian and New Statesman. She has published eight books including two novels and her non-fiction includes the highly acclaimed School Wars: The Battle for Britain’s Education (2011) and What Should We Tell Our Daughters? The Pleasures and Perils of Growing Up Female (2013). She is on the board of the Oxford Women in Humanities group and chair of the national campaign group Comprehensive Future.

Refreshments will be available in the Great Hall from 5.00pm onwards.

This lecture is free and all are welcome to attend.

More details about booking to follow.

For Further Details Contact

Steve Kilner or Jo Flynn: 01782 734449 / 734434

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