Women in Power

Gina Miller

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Featuring Gina Miller, Rachel Reeves and Helena Kennedy

On International Women's Day, speakers from the fields of law, business and politics discuss the politics of power, affecting change through writing, and what it means to be a woman with influence.

In her 2017 London Review of Books Winter Lecture, Mary Beard said, ‘Women are still perceived as belonging outside power. Whether we sincerely want them to get to the inside of it or whether, by various often unconscious means, we cast women as interlopers when they make it [...] the shared metaphors we use of female access to power – knocking on the door, storming the citadel, smashing the glass ceiling, or just giving them a leg up – underline female exteriority.’ So what does it mean to be a powerful woman today?

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Gina Miller is a political campaigner and businesswoman who initiated the landmark 2016 legal case ‘R (Miller and Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union’ challenging the British government over its authority to implement Brexit without approval from Parliament. Her memoir Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall and Leading the Way was published by Canongate in August 2018. 

Rachel Reeves has been MP for Leeds West since 2010. Her biography of Alice Bacon, the first woman to represent Leeds in the House of Commons, was published in 2016. Her second book on the 100-year history of female MPs, The Women of Westminster: MPs who Changed Politics, is published on International Women’s Day 2019.

Helena Kennedy is a leading barrister and an expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues. In her book Eve Was Shamed, originally published in 1992 and re-issued in 2018, she forensically examines the pressing evidence that women are still being discriminated against throughout the legal system, from the High Court to female prisons.
In partnership with the Royal Society of Literature

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Name: Women in Power
Where: Knowledge Centre
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