Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth

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Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth

Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth

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She is extremely honest in this and I’m sure pretty much any woman who reads it will nod along with her in sections. Jess, a Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, feminist and anti-violence campaigner, provides so many interesting stories in this book.

I picked up at the library simply because I was browsing all the books in the same dewey number as a suffragette book I was picking up was in. She’s open about her own experiences, good and bad, and her own personality – she knows she can speak her mind too much and yes, she does seek publicity, but so that she can highlight the women’s and equality causes she really cares about.

Perhaps this is particularly frustrating because I'm sure she considers herself an intersectional feminist, and this is the kind of thing one would hope an intersectional feminist would have thought about. While at times I disagreed with Jess on her views, at times felt the writing was a bit too forced into down to earth writing style, I can say that every person should read this book. Jess talks of Jo’s ‘truly tangible and unguarded normality and humanity’ and how ‘it was her humanity, not some special gift or magic knowledge, that made her so exquisite’. She also regales the reader with accounts of the sexism she’s suffered: aged 13, a man assumed she was a prostitute and asked her to get into his car.

As well as harrowing stories from her time at Women’s Aid on domestic abuse as further illustration of why she stands up for what she stands up for. The UK political system continues to be dominated by upper-class, privately-educated men when surely it is in the interests of the country if the political system is representative of the people that it aims to represent; otherwise it is only beneficial to very few people.Her book is easy to read, her points easy to understand and the impact of what she fights for could be significant.

Everywoman’ is part memoir, part feminist manifesto and is an unapologetic telling of how events in Phillips’ life has shaped her feminist beliefs and her politics. I left the book with much more of a sense of who she is as a human being, and of how the Labour Party works in the House of Commons in practical terms, from the inexplicable ironing boards in the loos to the support systems among women MPs. Phillips provides strong comebacks and reasoning through the book on various issues such as why women in abusive relationships might not leave their partners – this reminded me of the “ Girl Up” book with its useful resources (I wonder if she’s read that and what she thinks of it. I suspect Everywoman has been rushed out (misspellings such as Sheryl Sandberg’s name hint at that), but that’s my only niggle. I was amazed that Phillips was able to capture the experiences that some teenage girls may face, and the sexual exploitation of them due to their innocence and need to follow the ‘in’ crowd.It was pretty hard to deal with some of the sections, like when she talks about some of the horrific trolling that she has had to encounter. I can imagine the audiobook would be amazing; you can really hear her authentic voice just through her writing! Other chapters are darker, detailing Jess' time working for women's aid, stories of abuse and domestic violence. I have two wonderful daughters and an equally wonderful wife; I read this for them and to help me understand the world they inhabit a little better.

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