The Women Who Shaped Politics

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What to expect

From royalty to suffragettes and from campaigners to contemporary rebels, Sky News Presenter Sophy Ridge explains the ways that women have changed the face of politics.

Sophy Ridge, presenter for Sky News, has uncovered the extraordinary stories of the women who have shaped British politics.

Never has the role of women in the political world ever been more on the news agenda, and Sophy has interviewed current and former MPs to gain exclusive insight into the role women play in politics at the highest level. The book also includes Theresa May’s first at-length interview about her journey to becoming Prime Minister.

Sophy provides gripping insight into historical and contemporary stories which will fascinate not just those interested in politics but those who want to know more about women’s vital role in democracy.

From royalty to writers and from class warriors to suffragettes, Sophy tells the story of those who put their lives on the line for equal rights, and those who were the first to set foot inside the chambers of power, bringing together stories that you may think you know, and stories that have recently been discovered.

Looking at the different ways that women have shaped government allows her to draw parallels across history and uncover fascinating women you want to know more about.

(P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton

Critics Review

  • Ridge is Sky News’s rising star and is doing what she can to show that, in this era of new politics, she represents a new political journalism; one that has a two-way relationship with its audience.

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  • It is straightforward, easy to digest and a good read. If I were education secretary I would make it a set book for A level politics. If I were Serjeant at Arms I would bulk-buy copies and stack them in the members’ library with a notice saying ‘Compulsory coursework for ALL members’. And if I chaired a major political party I would send copies to everyone on the candidates list. Chaps included.

    British Journalism Review

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