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Dame Margaret Hodge discusses her life in politics

25 April 2017

MP Dame Margaret Hodge delivered the 2017 Pankhurst Lecture, focusing on the gender challenges she has encountered during her career.

Dame Margaret Hodge MP delivering the 2017 Pankhurst Lecture.
Dame Margaret Hodge delivering the 2017 Pankhurst Lecture.

The Pankhurst Lecture series honours suffragette Christabel Pankhurst, one of the School’s most eminent alumnae. The 2017 lecture was delivered on Thursday 9 March, as part of the University's celebrations for International Women's Day.

Dame Margaret Hodge addressed a large and mixed audience. An MP for over 20 years, a Minister from 1998-2009, and most recently Chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge was well placed to consider the place of women in politics nearly a hundred years after some but not all women got the vote in 1918.

Using her own career as a template, Dame Margaret reflected on what had been achieved and how much alas remained to be done. Her message however was simple. What she has done other women can do. And it was clear that Margaret Hodge has no plans to retire. She is writing another book and her voice in Parliament will continue to be heard.

A video capturing the highlights from the lecture, along with the whole lecture, are available on the School's Making a Difference pages:

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