Women and Equalities Committee – 19 September 2016

After a #DressingDown #5050Parliament did a little #StripTees at Women & Equalities Select Committee Inquiry because Parliament did not like our t-shirt, so we removed it, staring on Parliamentary TV, see clip below. But seriously, please everyone write to the inquiry explaining why we need more women at Westminster. We need better gender balance and more women in Parliament, not only …

Institutionally sexist? Parliament remains a ‘gentlemen’s club,’ MP says [RT]

Almost 100 years since getting the right to vote, British women are still unfairly represented in political life. Dr Rupa Huq MP says Westminster remains a ‘gentlemen’s club’ that is sexist down to its foundations. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday, Huq said she regularly encounters sexist comments among male colleagues. She told the Pienaar’s Politics show the …

150 years is too long to wait [Democratic Audit]

What prevents more women from becoming active in politics? One potential answer is the ultimately sexist attitudes that pervade Britain’s political institutions, which Harriet Harman recently attempted to shed a light on. Ruby Lott-Lavinga argues that Harman’s experience tells a worrying story about sexism in politics, and that kicking out the old boys club is a necessary component of bringing …

Daisy Chain Campaign [Laura Carter]

For my first blog post, it feels only appropriate to talk about the gender equality and women’s campaigns that are circulating the UK at the moment. Society is currently riding on a fourth wave of feminism, a feminism that has a strong internet and social media basis and is having an impact both on the web and on the streets. One …

It’s not about words, it’s about voices – a stay at home CEO

Emma Walker is currently working with 50:50 Parliament as a Consultant. Last Monday evening she retweeted a picture which, on the face of it, was a visual indication of just how far women – in politics, in authority, in the world generally – still have to go before they are taken seriously. In fact it was the faces that were the problem. Six of …

Europe Leads But Women Will Not Enter The Boardroom ‘By Osmosis’ [Forbes]

Language is often not meant to be gender-specific. So America’s Declaration of Independence : ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’ resounds around the world to assume both men and women. When the Indian politician Arvind Kejriwal launched the Aam Admi party – Admi, which means ‘man’ in Hindi, was taken to mean ‘people.’ But when it comes …

50:50 Parliament on Chat City [Preston FM]

This is Frances being interviewed by Hughie on Chat City #PrestonFM explaining the apolitical aspirations of the 50:50 Parliament Campaign and Petition. The Petition at www.change.or/petitions/5050Parliament asks Party Leaders to debate and come up with solutions to achieve gender equality in the House of Commons. Like Vince Cable, who has set a target for the inclusion of women on boards, 50:50 Parliament campaigners are …