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 …
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 …
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 …
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 – …
If suffragettes Elizabeth Garrett and Emily Wilding Davison were to turn up in the lobby of the Palace of Westminster today – as they did exactly 150 ago – you could forgive them for feeling a little disappointed. A century and a half ago – on June 7, 1866 – they arrived at Parliament to present a petition calling for women to get …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
Almost a hundred years and 25 general elections after women got the vote, groups of determined campaigners are fighting to finish the job started by the suffragettes – including Sandi Toksvig, who’s quit Radio 4 to focus on politics
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
We brag about our democracy, but women are still less represented in our legislature than in Kyrgyzstan, China, Rwanda and Sudan Ninety-five years ago today, on November 28, 1919, an American became the first woman in Parliament. Technically, she had been beaten to it the previous December by the countess Constance Markievicz, an Irish nationalist who fought and won her …
The UK has fallen out of the top 20 most gender-equal countries in the world for the first time after average wages for women in the workplace fell by £2,700 in a year, a new report reveals. Average earning for women in the UK falls from £18,000 to £15,400
The days of the Great White Male are numbered. So how should men live now? Stephen Fry, Mary Beard, Andrew Marr, Margaret Atwood and others offer their survival tips.
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
The next time you are attending a conference and listening to yet another all male panel, ask them ‘Why?’
As a Freedom of Information request reveals that Parliament’s ‘harassment hotline’ receives just 31 calls, a former political researcher lifts the lid on real working life in Westminster, and explains why staff don’t want to speak out.
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.
Dual-member constituencies, and fewer of them, would ensure a fair balance in parliament
We are not going to get more females involved in political life by any other means. Let’s just do it.
We should introduce quotas to limit the number of men in power, ensuring that only the best and brightest of both sexes prevail.
Deputy PM tweets picture of himself and writes: ‘Fingers crossed the Mail approves. Hope I don’t look too 80s cabin attendant’
Tabloid accused of sexism over coverage of ministers as Nick Clegg mockingly tweets an image of himself in a suit
Despite the latest reshuffle, the Cabinet will remain largely white and male – and so will the top post in the civil service
Prime minister expected to promote a number of women, as he moves to project a modern and diverse face of the Tory party.
We’re run by small communities of men who bus in a few women and call it diversity
Today the APPG Women in Parliament will publish its report into the under-representation of women at Westminster .
Osborne, Hague and May set to stay but ‘old lags’ are expected to make way for ‘youthful and modern Tory face’
A petition to include mothers on marriage certificates has gained 70,000 signatures. To some it sounds trivial, but excluding mothers’ names serves to wipe women from historical record, and it’s just one example of sexism that women face every day.
The fourth wave of feminism, from Caitlin Moran to Kimberlé Crenshaw, has energised young people, but now it needs to attack our political establishment
Former deputy leader of Labour claims she was marginalised for being female and gives ‘examples of sexism’ in parliament
Told to conform: Harriet Harman, who will say she was pressured to be “clubbable” or keep quiet
The PM is unlikely to fulfil his promise on the number of women in office but his choice has been too limited
A seemingly minor concession made to a female MP has made headline news-in this report, what this shows about Parliament’s attitude to women is explored.
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 …
Young women aged 18-24 are likely less to take part in elections than their male counterparts.
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.
Nicky Morgan says no option off the table to boost female representation but not enough candidates are coming forward
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.
Outdated, ruthless, rich and male: that is women’s overwhelming and damning view of Westminster, according to a survey by the parenting website Mumsnet.
Mary Macleod’s all party group on women in Parliament will launch inquiry to examine why so many are put off, after four female Tory MPs announced they were standing down
Tory MP Michael Fabricant stunned voters after boasting he’d like to stop a prominent female Muslim from speaking by “punching her in the throat”.
Exclusive: The speaker should be given new powers to impose penalties on MPs who attempt to intimidate opponents by shouting abuse across the floor of the Commons, the chair of a committee of female MPs has said
Today, Québécouis commentator Marie-Andrée Paquet tweeted a familiar image: a photograph of six white male CEOs holding court on a conference stage.
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 …
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.
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.
Politics is dominated by men. This is not a controversial statement, it is a fact. However, women make up half the population in the UK, so why isn’t this reflected in our government? Katherine Hockley spoke to Frances Scott, founder of the 50:50 Parliament campaign, to discuss this issue and the campaign that is trying to make a change and work towards …
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.
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