Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE

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As misogyny is global, millennial, civil, political, cultural, social and economic, feminism must be equally all-encompassing in response.

Biography

Shami Chakrabarti is the Shadow Attorney General and a member of the House of Lords.

A lawyer, she is Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Manchester, Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. She was previously Chancellor of both Oxford Brookes University and then the University of Essex.

Baroness Chakrabarti was Director of Liberty, the National Council for Civil Liberties from 2003 to 2016, and a member of the panel of the Leveson Inquiry, the judicial inquiry into UK phone hacking in 2011.

Called to the Bar in 1994 she worked as a lawyer in the Home Office from 1996 until 2001 for Governments of both persuasions.

Shami’s first book, On Liberty, is published by Penguin. Her second, Of Women, was published on 26 October 2017.

A woman who has inspired me

“What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr Manager.” - Jayaben Desai

My words to share with others

Be anyone’s equal but no one’s superior.

My proudest achievement

Building on the campaigning legacies and learning of women who preceded me and supporting those who will succeed.

My thoughts on feminism and women’s suffrage

As misogyny is global, millennial, civil, political, cultural, social and economic, feminism must be equally all-encompassing in response. So of course there should be more women at top tables of power but feminists also care for those building, cleaning and serving at the table. This may even involve turning the table over.