Jess Phillips was first elected as the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley in 2015, before being re-elected in 2017. She was elected chair of the Women's Parliamentary Labour Party in September 2016. Before becoming an MP, Jess worked with victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, and she continues to speak up on behalf of those who struggle to have their voice heard.
Jess has worked with the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and hte Department for Communities and Local Government on issues of Violence Against Women and Girls. She is one of the women who launched the #NotTheCost campaign to combat the violence faced by politically active women, and the Reclaim the Internet campaign, which challenges online abuse.
Jess lives with her husband and two sons in Birmingham, where she was born and raised.
EVERYWOMAN - Hutchinson - March 2017
Labour MP Jess Phillips is a woman on a mission. She wants to speak the truth about the truth. It's not always easy, but she believes it's worth it. And she wants you to believe it too. The truth can be empowering, it can lead to greater equality and change the world.
Sometimes it's our fear of being imposters that stops us speaking out, sometimes it's because we're told to shut up. Let's be each other's cheefleaders, doers not sayers. By creating our own networks and having faith in our ability to make a difference, we can.
Praise for EVERYWOMAN:
'A heroine' J K Rowling
'Her humour and passion shine through every page. Loved it!' Robert Webb
'All the laughs of Lena Dunham and Caitlin Moran... funny and wise' Spectator
'Joyfully candid and very funny' Guardian
'Phillips is the kind of political force we need' Stylist
Penguin Random House
If you’re thinking, ‘Jess, who?’ then I’m glad that there was something about ‘Everywoman’ and ‘truth’ that caught your eye.
Or you might already know me as that gobby MP who has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about. Because I’m a woman with a cause, I have been called a feminazi witch, a murderer and threatened with rape. The internet attracts a classy crowd.
So, speaking the truth isn’t always easy but I believe it’s worth it. And I want you to believe it too. The truth can be empowering, the truth can lead to greater equality, and the world would be incredibly boring if we let all of those people who allegedly know everything, say everything.
By demanding to be heard, by dealing with our imposter syndrome, by being cheerleaders, doers not sayers, creating our own networks and by daring to believe that we can make a difference, we can.
We’re women and we’re kick-ass. And that’s the truth.