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Changing the World: The Women of Westminster and Great Women Speakers

Rachel Reeves and Yvette Cooper Chaired by Oliver Balch

Friday, 3 April 2020

6:00pm

1 hour

Bodleian: Divinity School

£7 - £12.50

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Former Labour shadow minister Rachel Reeves and former Labour cabinet minister Yvette Cooper look back at the women MPs elected in Britain in the 100 years since Nancy Astor became the first in 1919 and at the role that the voices of women have played in the wider world.

Reeves says in her new book,  Women of Westminster: The MPs who Changed Politics, that the achievements of women MPs have been remarkable – from Astor’s election only a year after women won the right to vote to the appointment of two women prime ministers, Barbara Cartland’s fight for equal pay and Harriet Harman’s legislation on the gender pay gap. In her book, She Speaks: Women’s Speeches That Changed the World, from Boudica to Greta, Cooper looks at brave and bold women who have used their voices to inspire change, including Boudica, Greta Thunberg, Margaret Thatcher and Malala.

Reeves successfully defended her Leeds West seat for Labour in the 2019 general election. She was a member of Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet from 2013-2015. Cooper has been an MP since 1997. She was Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the Brown administration and is currently chair of the home affairs select committee.

Discussions are chaired by journalist and author Oliver Balch.

Note: Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran was originally scheduled to join the panel but is no longer able to make the event.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd