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Daring to Be a Funny Female in the Political Arena – with Jess Phillips

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For issue one of JeTuNous Magazine (out on the 1st of September), we’ve interviewed the wonderful Jess Phillips, MP of Birmingham Yardley, on the battles faced by women in the political arena (and outside of it). The interview, conducted by senior editor Beth Ashley covers how daring it is to be a funny female in politics, Jess’ experience working in women’s refuges through Women’s Aid, and more.

Here’s a snippet from the feature:

“Jess Phillips is the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, a kick-arse feminist, and basically the coolest person on twitter dot com. I discovered Jess on a podcast one day, where she was taking down the patriarchy and being her usual funny self. I instantly started stalking her social media platforms and read her book; Everywoman (It’s great. Get that on your TBR pile). I then met her at an Avon collaboration with Refuge, an International Women’s Day event raising awareness about domestic violence in teenagers which we were both speakers at, and I decided I needed to interview her right away.

Jess used to work as a manager at Women’s Aid, a charity that supports women and children who are escaping domestic violence. After 2010 saw its first conservative government for a very long time, Jess saw how much poor policy-making affected these women. So, she decided to do something about it – and transformed into a politician! Jess is a great character, armed with a thick black country accent, the powerful stories of thousands of women (including her own), and superpowers in making men in politics listen to her amazing ideas. This interview is full of incredible truths, about being a woman in the political arena, the courageous act of daring to be a funny female, and how she brought her previous experience from the inside of women’s refuges to parliament. She also debunks some myths about domestic violence and lets us know what we can do with our own individual platforms.

While discussing the intense topics of violence and how shite the government can be in dealing with it, Jess remains forever positive, full of laughs, and hopeful for a better future. And I left the interview feeling exactly the same way.”

– Beth Ashley, editor.

You can read the interview with Jess Phillips in full inside issue one of JeTuNous, launching on the 1st of September. Available from this website, only.