Researching her new book, the member for Leeds West found that what women wear to the Commons has long been an issue
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first female MP to take her seat in parliament. Existing members “would rather had have a rattlesnake than me”, Nancy Astor reflected. Women in the chamber threatened the cosy club that had existed for several hundred years.
My new book, Women of Westminster, tells the story of what women in parliament have achieved. Issues such as child benefit, abortion, equal pay, maternity leave, Sure Start, action against sexual harassment and more found a sisterhood of cheerleaders in female MPs.