Everywoman: Jess Phillips comes to the festival on 14 July to talk about what it’s like to be an MP and explore how we can lessen the divisions in our country.

Jess Phillips

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Reviews of Everywoman

Politics Home: ‘Review: Everywoman by Jess Phillips’, Tracy Brabin 21 April 2017

For all the humour, Jess manages the delicate balancing act of weaving the personal into the political. Thoughts about family segue into analytical policy on flexible parental leave, the gender pay gap, the merits of a universal basic income and the shocking amount of unpaid work done by women….

The Guardian: ‘Everywoman by Jess Phillips – a life less ordinary’ Gaby Hinsliff, 6 March 2017

… the book she has written about that life and its relationship to her Labour politics will inevitably irritate some. Many of them will be men who won’t actually need to read it to know they hate its unapologetically feminist take on everything from trolling to hands-on fatherhood. Those who prefer feminist thinking dressed up as academic analysis and policy proposals, meanwhile, won’t warm to it and nor will anyone for whom the words “kick-ass woman” grate. But Phillips isn’t writing for them. She’s gunning for a broader audience…

Changing People: ‘Jess Phillips and Everywoman – Review’ Jane, 3 March 2017

The chapter on violence is one of the most compelling in the book. She knows of what she speaks, and is not afraid to call out those who are ill informed, yet still legislate on this matter.

Spiked: ‘Jess Phillips: An establishment feminist’ Joanna Williams, 2 March 2017

Phillips is clearly, and brilliantly, no victim, yet her message is that to be a woman is to be abused, and we’re all in need of heroine Jess to come and rescue us. If we don’t realise it yet then this book is here to tell us

The Spectator: ‘Harriet Harman and Jess Phillips: poles apart in the sisterhood’ Julie Burchill, 25 February 2017

Her brazen bumptiousness will appal some and delight others; an MP for only two years, she has yet to have her rough edges smoothed over; and while this is generally an excellent thing, reading her book can sometimes feel a little like having the bolshiest girl in the playground shove you up against a wall and shout in your face until you’re saved by the bell. But I never could resist a bolshy broad.

Evening Standard: ‘Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth about Speaking the Truth by Jess Phillips – review’ Rosamund Urwin, 23 February 2017

Phillips accuses the Labour leader of treating female MPs like “arm candy” and calls for him to “bloody well publish an equal pay audit” of his office staff. Her philosophical criticism is that Labour’s hard Left sees equality as “an add-on” to class struggle rather than a goal in itself.

Interview with Jess Phillips

The Guardian: ‘Jess Phillips: ‘I never felt scared in my old job. As an MP, I feel it every day’’ Decca Aitkenhead, 11 February 2017

Her book addresses the less rarefied but more pressing problems of how to give girls the same self-belief boys have always enjoyed, so that they can silence the internal monologue of doubt and stop measuring their worth by how much men fancy them.

Articles by Jess Phillips

The Pool: ‘Inspired by the #TimesUp campaign, British women want action, not just words’ 3 January 2018

The women in the UK have made their voices hoarse speaking up in the last few months, we are buggered if people think we are going to stop now.

The Telegraph: ‘Getting women into STEM isn’t rocket science – but even if it was, we could handle it’ 16 January 2018

Our recommendations are aimed at pushing the Government to do more to bring equality into their industrial strategy and remember that women’s jobs matter. It is about having targets for getting women into high value apprenticeships in tech, engineering and building. It is about encouraging the Government to find the female entrepreneurs who might just have a tech solution we hadn’t thought of. And to tackle those problems that cause women to be pushed out of the labour market, like the still unequal burden of care for children.

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