A life in politics:
Join the Guardian’s Decca Aitkenhead in conversation with Labour MP and lifetime campaigner for women’s rights, Harriet Harman.
As one Labour’s most prominent and respected figures, Harriet has been a Member of Parliament for Peckham since 1982. Tirelessly campaigning to increase the number of women in parliament, and to bring women’s issues to the heart of the Labour party, Harriet introduced the National Childcare Strategy, the Equality Act and changed the law on domestic violence. She was the first woman to represent the Labour Party at Prime Minister’s Questions. Much has changed since she first entered the House when 97% of MPs were men.
Looking at Harriet’s career as an activist and politician, we ask why does political representation of women matter? Which hurdles – personal, political and societal – have been faced, fought and sometimes overcome in the past thirty years? Join us as we explore the fight to change the Labour Party and UK politics since the 1970s.