'Why should women be second-class citizens?': Harriet Harman talks about her life and inspiration

Harriet Harman gave a passionate interview to talkRADIO

Harriet Harman gave a passionate interview to talkRADIO

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Britain's longest-serving female MP Harriet Harman has described the inspiration behind her amazing career - and shed light on the abuse she received.

Harman was first elected to represent the constituency of Peckham (now known as Camberwell and Peckham) in 1982, when she was pregnant, and has since enjoyed a gliterring career which saw her become the first-ever minister for women under Tony Blair.

She told Eamonn Holmes that she was motivated by a desire to change the world, and move away from a society in which domestic abuse often went unpunished.

Harman also revealed that, when she was making her name, "I had a lot of hostility from men who were resistant to change".

When she became an MP she "got a sackful of post" and half of it was saying "what are you doing? You will ruin your children!"

Despite the advances made in gender equality over the past 35 years, Harman said there is still plenty of work to do, with the recent wave of sexual harassment cases demonstrating the need for further progress.

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