Competition published on March 10, 2017.
Speaking the truth isn’t always easy but I believe it’s worth it. And I want you to believe it too. The truth can be empowering, the truth can lead to greater equality, and the world would be incredibly boring if we let all of those people who allegedly know everything, say everything.
By demanding to be heard, by dealing with our imposter syndrome, by being cheerleaders, doers not sayers, creating our own networks and by daring to believe that we can make a difference, we can. We’re women and we’re kick-ass. And that’s the truth.
– Jess Phillips
In the world of politics, telling the truth might seem low on the list of priorities – but this is just one of the reasons why Labour MP, Jess Phillips has created such a storm since her election to Parliament in 2015.
Simultaneously described ‘a breath of fresh air’ and ‘a pain in the arse’, Jess makes no apology for shouting long and loudly about things she cares about. Whether it is for women’s equality, refugees’ rights, highlighting poverty in the UK or serving her Birmingham Yardley constituents, in just over a year Jess Phillips has become renowned as the politician who tells the truth.
Everywoman is part memoir, part manifesto for feminists – both men and women alike – who seek to lessen the gender divide, the class divide and the poverty divide in our country. It is the most accessible, passionate, funny, political book on being a woman since How To Be a Woman.
Everywoman details Jess’ own childhood growing up in a fiercely socialist and feminist family in Birmingham to her student days at Leeds University, to her surprising victory in the 2015 election to being a newbie in Parliament. This is no dry political memoir – Jess’ personality shines through every word and every page. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, irreverent and bold but within this brilliant narrative, there is also a serious call-to-action.
Jess is the poster woman for breaking down barriers, being the ballsy, modern, feminist as well as the everywoman she represents. Her book is a hilarious, brutally honest manifesto reminding us that we each have a part to play in this world. Everywoman also serves as a piece of reportage from the front-line of being an MP – a group of people who have taken the brunt of the political apathy sweeping the world but who as a whole serve their constituency with dedication and sincerity.
Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth was a 5 star read for reviewer Katy Goodwin-Bates:
Phillips’ honesty, integrity and passion come through in every page, whether she’s talking about domestic abuse, motherhood or trolling; ‘Everywoman’ sees her juxtaposing her professional experience with her personal life to great and revealing effect, with a style reminiscent of Caitlin Moran, which can’t be a bad thing. In a society where people seem to feel increasingly disenfranchised by their elected representatives, Phillips is that rarest of things: the politician with whom you’d want to go for a drink. Her impassioned rants about maternity rights, positive discrimination and Jeremy Corbyn are engaging as well as persuasive, while, on the other hand, sections devoted to Phillips’ colleague, Jo Cox, or her own experiences of working for a women’s charity are touching and emotive. It’s a book that manages to hit all the right notes, without ever seeming to try too hard to achieve that.
Read Katy’s review in full here.
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About the author
Jess Phillips was elected the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley in 2015. Before this she worked with victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, and continues to speak out on behalf of those who struggle to have their voice heard. She has worked with the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Communities and Local Government on issues of Violence Against Women and Girls. She is one of the women who launched the #NotTheCost campaign to combat the violence faced by politically active women, and the Recl@im the Internet campaign, which challenges abuse online. Jess lives with her husband and two young sons in Birmingham, where she was born and raised.
Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth by Jess Phillips, published on 23 February, 2017 by Hutchinson, in hardback
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