I have totally felt like the suffragette mother in Mary Poppins this week, although I haven’t actually left the house singing ‘Votes for women step in time!’ I haven’t actually left the house much at all in fact.
As well as running courses, organising book-readings at book shops and dealing with publicity for my book which is published on Wednesday, I have been on full-alert action stations for the No More Page 3 campaign. NMP3 HQ this week has been like those scenes at Houston Mission Control in my favourite film ‘Apollo 13’ when they find out there’s a problem. Busy but cool.
Luckily, unlike in Mary Poppins, the girl and boy at home who have watched all this are aged 15 and 17, not six and eight. I have had hugs, whoops of joy, cups of tea made for me and sinkfuls of dishes washed while I wasn’t looking. My son told me that Page 3 was being discussed at his college.
‘History is being made as you watch’ I’ve told them when I’ve had a moment to look up from my lap-top and acknowledge their presence. They look proud.
I think they may remember this emotional rollercoaster of a week when they are older, I hope so. They have observed at first hand, and participated in, the massive highs, the crushing blows, the picking-up-and-getting-on-with-it and the fire and determination it takes to campaign for change.
To celebrate the publication of my book on Wednesday this week I’m giving away 20 Free Copies to the first 10 blog subscribers who email me a begging letter, and the first 10 new subscribers to this blog. Get on it!