A remarkable woman and campaigner: Hetty Bower (1905-2013)

Posted: November 15, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized



They say you should never meet your heroes. But I’m honoured to have met mine, and it is an experience I will never forget.

I shared a panel with Hetty Bower at Labour Party conference this year, and came away from the weekend feeling deeply moved and challenged, as a woman, as a campaigner, as a Labour member, as an activist.

Hetty spoke movingly of post-war poverty, of life before the welfare state; a life that, at 107, she remembered very well.

She spoke of days where women had to choose between paying for food, or seeing the doctor. She feared that as a country, we were heading back into those dark and unimaginable times.

From the battle of Cable Street in 1936, to reminding Ed Miliband what his party stood for, Hetty was so sure and steadfast in her passion for what is right and just and fair. A…

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