50:50 Written Submission to the Women & Equalities Select Committee

  The 50:50 Parliament Campaign submitted written evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee’s inquiry into Women in the House of Commons The Women and Equalities Committee is holding an inquiry into Women in the House of Commons after the 2020 Election. Of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, men hold 458 (70%) and women only 192 …

Six Important Quotes From London’s Feminist Solidarity Festival

We loved the #5050Parliament mention in #Makers. Massive thanks Sophie Wilkinson Read the original here: makers.com Intersectional, varied and empowering are just three words to describe London’s Fourth Wave Feminist Activists. As well as campaigning, protesting and organizing in the fight for equal rights for women, the group puts together the annual London Feminist Solidarity Festival, in order to: ‘show …

Women in politics – The struggle continues [The Economist]

THERESA MAY’S appointment as Britain’s second female prime minister has led to predictable comparisons with Margaret Thatcher. Yet around Britain, female leaders have become the norm. In Scotland, the heads of the three biggest parties are women. So is Northern Ireland’s first minister. Wales is the only country of the UK where a man is in charge—and he faces a …

Women in Parliament since 1945: have they changed the debate? [History and Policy]

Executive Summary What difference does gender make in the House of Commons? Do male and female MPs approach their roles as representatives differently? Do they prioritise different issues, or use different language? Disagreements on these questions continue to dominate public debate over the on-going under-representation of women in Parliament. In this policy paper, we use an exciting new research methodology – …

Vagina Added Tax Is Because ‘Men Were Making the Laws’, Says Obama [Huff Post]

Massive congratulations to the fantastic #EndTamponTax campaigners! Headed up by Laura Coryton this campaign and petition has successfully pressurized Parliament to scrap the archaic laws taxing tampons as ‘luxury items’. They also forced MPs to use the word “tampon” and “period” in Parliament, which some found quite awkward. The story behind the removal of this unfair tax shows why we …

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 …

Nancy Astor Interview [Woman’s Hour, 1957]

In 1919 Nancy Astor was the first women  to take her seat in the House of Commons for Plymouth South.  But to this day there are still more men with seats in the Commons than there have ever been women MPs elected. Listen on this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01lfw2p She was a feisty woman and her are some great quotes:

How can we better represent women in parliament? [Independent]

A recent report from the Hansard Society revealed that a girl born today will be drawing her pension before she is equally represented in Westminster, or has an equal chance of being elected to it. Read the rest here: http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/why-women-in-politics-still-have-a-long-way-to-go-in-7-charts–ekQYkR2Foe

The rise and fall of Default Man [New Statesman]

How did the straight, white, middle-class Default Man take control of our society – and how can he be dethroned? Grayson Perry’s guest-edited issue of the New Statesman is on sale on Thursday 9 October. Visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to get a copy

Gender, Inequality and Power – Professor Diane Perrons

This lecture takes an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective to highlight the persistence of gender inequalities, the power relations that support these inequalities, and the everyday processes through which such inequalities are reproduced and normalised. By addressing inequality in this way, it is possible to obtain a fuller understanding of contemporary economic inequality and what to do about it.

Hillary Clinton on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden [Guardian]

Hillary Clinton, the former US secretary of state, joins Phoebe Greenwood to discuss Edward Snowden, drone strikes in Pakistan, whether the US contributed to the current threat from Isis and her inability to tell a joke Hillary Clinton is in the UK promoting Hard Choices, her new memoir, and took questions from Sarah Silverman, Owen Jones, Alan Rusbridger and Arianna …

Conservatives seek to boost female candidates [FT]

Conservative MPs are worried about the lack of women being selected to stand as candidates in the 2015 election, with some calling for immediate action to ensure that more women make it on to the ballot papers.

Webchat on women and politics [Mumsnet]

We asked 1200 of you what you thought about Westminster culture, and overwhelmingly you told us that you think that it’s sexist, it’s not family-friendly, and that to get on in politics you have to be ruthless, ambitious, rich, well-connected and – last but not least – male.

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 …

We need more women in politics [Feminist Times]

Following the West Midlands Feminist Times panel and Q&A event “Do we need more women in politics“, we are publishing the speeches of some of the panelists. First we hear from Ruth Jones OBE.

Comment: Don’t tell me what a ‘successful woman’ looks like [Politics.co.uk]

Every day women are confronted with an endless array of conflicting, confusing and often impossible ideals of what they should be: thin, flawless and ever-young, educated, successful in their career, a homeowner, a loving wife, a domestic goddess and the gleeful mother of a happy brood – and all wrapped up in a well-adjusted, smiling package of womanhood.

Sex & Power 2013: Who Runs Britain? [the Counting Women In coalition]

Counting Women In. Equality = Good Politics   It is now almost 40 years since the Sex Discrimination Act was passed, and over 80 since women got the right to vote equally with men, yet women, still, are all too often missing from politically powerful positions in the UK.