UK women have had the vote for 100 years but remain far from equal with their male counterparts.
Shami Chakrabarti and Rachel Holmes come to the Library for a conversation about gender equality, past and present.
Shami Chakrabarti is Britain's leading human rights campaigner. Labour's Shadow Attorney General and a member of the House of Lords, Chakrabarti is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Bristol and the University of Manchester, an Honorary Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge and Mansfield College Oxford and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. Chakrabarti was the Director of Liberty, the National Council for Civil Liberties from 2003 to 2016 and the Chancellor of the University of Essex from 2014 to 2017. She is the author of On Liberty, an impassioned defence of human rights, published in 2014. Her latest book, Of Women: In The 21st Century, is a powerful, urgent and timely polemic on why women still need equality and how we get there.
Rachel Holmes is the author of Eleanor Marx: A Life, (2014), serialised on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. She is also the author of The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman and The Secret Life of Dr James Barry, and co-editor of collections including I Call Myself A Feminist and Fifty Shades of Feminism. Her next book, Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel, is published by Bloomsbury in 2018.