Journalist and broadcaster: human rights, social issues, gender, global affairs, politics, arts and culture. Poet. Trustee, Booker Prize Foundation. Outreach worker in prisons and detention centres. 5th book, Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London, out now.
"Our sense of excitement and joy had another reason: we knew that our message was radically different in style and content from anything that had gone before - that women's liberation would mean men's liberation and a whole new set of social and cultural values. We had another reason to feel euphoric: it is not often that you push a rock as big as a mountain and feel it shift."
Eva Figes, writing in The Guardian, 16th May 1978
Excerpted from Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism, edited by Kira Cochrane, published this year by Guardian Books. Read a full review here.