A Woman’s work is never done …

Post book club reflections regarding Harriet Harman’s A Woman’s work

Cocoa book club hence brownie, strawberry lemonade and pina colada tea.

The book provoked interesting discussion! I could not remember my initial thoughts on reading books. Those who had just read wanted more of her personal life in, rather than it being a political memoir. But we acknowledged that, along with the other areas she has been rather a pioneer in as a woman, she is a bit of a pioneer as a woman writing in politics writing an autobiography. She would not have wanted to dumb her career down and write a chick flick of an autobiography rather than a political memoir.

Still I agree it could have been more personal. The book was called a woman’s work. It was informative about political career but as the saying goes a women’s work is never done! You may do a day in office then hurry home, to feed, bathe and put t bed kids, whilst put a load of washing on then ironing or catching up with work e-mails … your sleep may be disturbed by needs of child during night … Harriet talks about the struggles of other women and admits she was lucky as could pay for childcare. But is could have gone a lot further …exactly how did she make it work? Women need to know how you do it! How supportive was her husband? What was the impact on her children of her career? We felt a good editor would have, asked these questions and got her to include.

A couple of people had listened to the audio book and found her tone hard to listen to; dull, school teachery; too proud were some comments. We discussed how in writing, she made it sound like she had achieved a lot single handed; which will not have been the case. However, women can undersell self. Whereas a man (or a successful person) will say I did; this, this and this! Whereas in actual fact the successful person, may have had the initial idea but then their team did donkey work; form filling, filling etc.… then successful person claims as their success!

Having been born a few weeks after Harriet was elected as an MP, it is amazing the progress, during my life. Yes women still not equally represented in parliament but compared to the last 100 years … I’m also enjoying learning currently from the book Century Girls by Tessa Dunlop which covers women born between 1914 -1918. In 1918; the first women were allowed to vote. But only women over 30 could vote. Now women, vote at the same age as men. In the early 70s women could not own property without their husband or father on the title deeds. Today, I own property in my name, I vote in honour of women who gave lives for that right. But if a man lived in my household; the form to confirm who in the household was eligible to vote would be addressed to them! I’m entitled to a year’s maternity leave; up until 2007 then women were only entitled to 18 weeks. Additionally that leave can be shared with partner so, it is not necessarily woman who has to sacrifice chunk of career.

A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman

A Woman’s work by Harriet Harmen

A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman

A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman

A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman

A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman

Education for all! A slogan of 1918 UK election

Century Girls

WWW Wednesday (21-03-2018) — The Belgian Reviewer

My answers to Belgian Reviewer’s question’s (their answers are below).

What did you recently finish reading?

 Just finished the Life left Behind by Collette Mcbeth. It had two narrative strands one, was a woman who had been attacked in her past and the other was narrative of a women who had been murdered speaking from beyond grave. A thriller about, were they both attacked by same person and who attacked them. I had read it before, but could not remember at the beginning. By end when remembered more was keener to finish and read something new but it is a good book if like the gone girl type of thriller genre.

What are you currently reading?

After reading the Life left behind, I should have gone back to A Short History of tractors in the Ukraine by Marina Lewycka. But I’m a little bored of A short history and had received a new Amazon order. So I started reading All the Breaking waves by Kerry Lonsdale.
What do you think you’ll read next?

At some point soon, I need to go back to Short history of Ukraine because if I do not then I will lose the will and never go back.

I’m going to a book club, the first Tuesday in April forb Harriet Harman’s autobiography A Woman’s work. I have read it but want to refresh memory.

Then book club for May is Tender is the night by F.Scot Fitzgerald. There is pressure on it as if it is good, I may read Great Gatsby, seen as I enjoyed Great Gatsby immersive theatre experience s much that it inspired me to start my blog.

Great Gatesby:Incredible Immersive Theatre (Deli Moor Theatre Sheffield)

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today. The tree W’s are: What did you recently finish reading? What are you currently reading? What do you think you’ll read next? What I recently finished : I seriously loved this one. It has the feels, […]

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