Jess Phillips book inspires donations to Women's Aid refuges

Written by Rod Muir on 15 February 2017 in Culture

The Labour MP's account of 'what it means to be a woman today' is out next week.

Thousands of books are set to be donated to Women's Aid refuges as a result of a promotional Twitter campaign for Jess Phillips' upcoming title, Everywoman.

In her new book, the Labour MP describe her experience of growing up in Birmingham in a radical socialist family, the "trials" of her teenage and student years – and "what it means to be a woman today".

She also aims to encourage women to "stand up and speak up, even when it seems that the world is against them, to dare to alter that world and – maybe – make history".

With the book due out next week, Penguin Random House has pledged that every tweet hashtagged #EVERYWOMAN will see a book donated to domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid.

Earlier this week, more than 6,000 tweets had been sent using the hashtag. It means that the same number of books from the publisher’s range of adult and children’s titles are being donated to Women's Aid refuges. Before becoming an MP, Phillips worked for the domestic abuse charity as business development manager.

The campaign was inspired by the 'Sisterhood' chapter in Phillips’ upcoming book.

Just a few months after her election to the Commons in 2015, the Labour MP told Total Politics that she had no plans to keep quiet.

“I won’t be silenced. Never ever. If I think somebody’s wrong, I’ll tell them,” she insisted.

Speaking about her new book last year, Phillips said: "I am very excited if not a little surprised and terrified to be writing a book. The book will show that I like a challenge. I'm thrilled to be working with the team at Hutchinson, they have published the writing of political giants like Tony Benn, so no pressure. I hope that Everywoman gives everyone who reads it a gentle push to speak up, be brave and be brilliant."

Everywoman is published on 23rd February by Hutchinson, an imprint of Penguin Random House.



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