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Last week we welcomed Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood, Shabana Mahmood, to the archive. We were really pleased Shabana could come and talk to us and it was an extremely interesting session.

Shabana Mahmood, MP

Shabana Mahmood, MP

Shabana told us what it was like for her as a young Asian woman in politics today, one of only a handful currently in Parliament and also one of the first female Muslim MPs. While she has faced occasional sexism from male counterparts this has not stopped her from progressing through the party to her current position as Shadow Minister for Higher Education.

Picture6She told us that she had grown up in a politically-active family and has always been supported by her family throughout her career. We also heard how much hard work is involved in being a politician and the effect it has on social and personal life. It was really important for our group to meet such a successful female politician and to think about Shabana’s journey within the wider context of women’s rights. It was the perfect session before we visit Parliament. We only wish she could have stayed longer! Thanks Shabana!