They are the daughters of miners, engineers, nurses and career soldiers. Their parents were Labour councillors, members of the Communist Party, Conservative candidates. Some of them are wives, others are mothers, and some chose to be neither. But every one of them is a socialist and all at some point have left their mother country and gone to live in a foreign land.

These are their stories.

Just in time for Conference, LI women have brought out a book of original writing – personal testimonies where members explain how they came to socialism – and some original poems (also by LI women). The collection is introduced by Julie Ward MEP, who writes:

“I warmly welcome this timely collection of personal testimonies that will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of intrepid activists as well as honouring the huge contribution made by so many sisters to the cause of socialism, not just on home territory but across Europe and around the world.”

The production of the book was supported by the Labour Party NEC development fund. We plan to produce a printed version shortly.

To order your Kindle version of the book, go to

Rowan Shaw, LI communications officer and delegate


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