It’s 20 years since Diane Abbott was elected the first black woman MP. How much has changed for black and Asian women in public life?
In 1987 Diane Abbott made history by becoming the first black woman to be elected to the British Parliament. But 20 years on, there have still only been two other black women MPs and no Asian women MPs at all. As the Fawcett Society launches an initiative entitled ‘Seeing Double’, we ask Diane Abbott and Zohra Moosa, Senior Policy officer for Race and Gender at the Fawcett Society, what are the challenges still facing ethnic minority women in public life?