Determination, Dedication, Dynamism: An Interview with Diane Abbott

Osborne, Deirdre. 2013. Determination, Dedication, Dynamism: An Interview with Diane Abbott. Women: A Cultural Review, 24(2-3), pp. 169-178. ISSN 0957-4042 [Article]

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In 1987, the face of British political life was forever changed when Diane Abbott became the first black woman elected to the House of Commons. Key to her work is her unwavering belief in making things better for others through determined advocacy combined with projects of social justice. Her longevity in the world of politics is in itself striking, and her loyalty to people and to her strong principles has consolidated a distinguished career as a parliamentarian, broadcaster and commentator. In this interview, Ms Abbott reflects upon the importance of calling herself a feminist and voices concerns about the sexualization of girlhood, an area she has particularly made her focus recently alongside her long-standing activism for young people and black children's education.

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black British, black women, feminism, female politicians, girls’ sexualisation, diaspora

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English and Comparative Literature
Theatre and Performance (TAP)


15 July 2013Published

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