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School of Politics and International Relations

Necessary Women: The Untold Story of Parliament's Working Women

When: Tuesday, July 11, 2023, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: History Senior Common Room, Arts Two Building, Mile End


At this seminar, held in conjunction with the School of History, Mari Takayanagi will present her new book, Necessary Women: The Untold Story of Parliament's Working Women

Drawing on unique research in the Parliamentary Archives as well as government records and family history, Necessary Women demonstrates how women touched just about every aspect of the life of Parliament, largely unacknowledged. 

Necessary Women focuses on an array of impressive and life-affirming women: from the Rickman sisters eavesdropping on Parliamentary debates from the roof space above the Commons in the 1820s; to Jane, the doyenne of Bellamy's, purveyors of tea, chops, steaks, pies and wine to MPs in the 1840s; and to Jean Winder, the first female Hansard reporter who fought for years after being appointed in 1944 to be paid the same as her male counterparts. 

At this discussion, Mari will present the book and we will also be joined by Dr Helen Glew and Dr Lyndsey Jenkins, who will respond to Mari's presentation. This seminar will be held in the History SCR in Arts Two and will be followed by drinks which all are welcome to join us for. 

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