Author of Liberating Motherhood: Birthing the Purplestockings Movement (Sept 2016).
Vanessa is a mother of two, blogger, activist, breastfeeding counsellor, and former barrister, law reporter and trade union rep from the South East of England. Always intellectually curious and raised – unwittingly, she suspects – to be a feminist within her leftie working class family.
In March 2015, she published The Politics of Mothering, a pamphlet for the UK General Election. She was a founding member-cum-agitator of the Women’s Equality Party UK and contributed to policy development on parenting. She tweets on @VOlorenshaw. A revolutionary type of spirit, she has spoken at conferences about maternal feminism, motherhood and the socio-economic situation in which women are expected to raise their families in 21st Century Western culture. Vanessa adores being with her children (they’re brilliant, you know) and her husband (she is married to a pretty decent bloke). She balances her hippie tendencies with black outfits and Doc Martens.
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