Melissa Benn is a writer, journalist and campaigner. She was educated at Holland Park comprehensive and the London School of Economics where she graduated with a First in history. Before becoming a full time writer, she worked for the National Council for Civil Liberties, the Open University, Women in Prison and the London magazine City Limits.
As a freelance writer, her essays and journalism have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The Independent,The Times, Public Finance, Marxism Today, the London Review of Books, Cosmopolitan and Public Finance. She is a regular contributor to the Guardian and New Statesman.
In this special event marking a hundred years since (some) women won the vote, writer and activist Shami Chakrabarti, biographer Rachel Holmes and author Caitlin Davies will discuss the rich history of women in Britain from exceptional political pioneers to non-conformist rebels to the invisible women who don’t usually make it into the history books. […]