Winning Women MPs Invite Others to Stand

50:50 #AskHerToStand House of Commons Dec 2017 Blog by Mojo Abidi, 50:50 Editor   This December, hundreds of 50:50 campaigners got together to celebrate the annual #AskHerToStand event in Parliament; a cross-party event to encourage more women into Parliament. 50:50 have been called the 21st Century Suffragettes, in their continuing call for political equality. As well as celebrating the powerful ladies …

Maria Miller MP and the Women & Equalities Select Committee says "Government Lacks Ambition"

Government Lacks Ambition Says Committee

By Debbie Worden 50:50 Parliament Campaigner There are days when  good intentions aren’t enough, and Thursday 7th December was definitely one of them.  At 1.30 in Westminster, Maria Miller (MP, Cons) outlined 6 main recommendations of the Women and Equalities Committee from the report, ‘Women in the House of Commons’. The government had rejected all six, which seems a little …

Wearing the t-shirt for a gender balanced parliament

50:50 at Koreo’s Good Women event

50:50 Parliament were warmly welcome at Koreo’s Good Women event on Thursday, speaking on the subject of “Why we need more women in politics”. It was a pleasure to be on the diverse panel with other passionate women from all sectors – be it policy making or journalism. Listening to all the speakers, one thing seemed clear: that it was …

50:50 Parliament with Rosie Duffield MP In Parliament To #AskHerToStand!  

Press Release here     50:50 Parliament invite everyone to join them for an inspirational #AskHerToStand event in Parliament on Monday 4 Dec. 50:50 will start with a rally on the railings at 5.30 pm then head into Parliament to hear from a cross-party panel of winning women MPs from 6.30-7.30 committee room 10. The panel are going to talk about why …

Women, Our Parliament Still Needs YOU!

So the 2017 General Election is over. There are 12 more women at Westminster making it a record 208 women MPs (32%). Some say we should be celebrating, but nearly 100 years after women gained the vote this is a SAD record.  There are now 442 male MPs so men still outnumber women by more than 2:1 in the Commons …

50:50 Parliament at the Women’s March London

50:50 Parliament will be marching at the Women’s March London for a more inclusive, representative and gender balanced Parliament. Because it would be better for everyone! Join us on 21st January – sign up free of charge here Men outnumber women by 2:1 in the Commons and 3:1 in Lords. The statistics suggest that the system still isn’t working for women. …

If we had 50:50 parliament would we still be waiting on this law to help end violence against women?

Last week, as 50:50 launched the #AskHertoStand campaign something fantastic happened for the path to Parliamentary equality; Sarah Olney overturned the 23,000 strong majority of Zac Goldsmith in Richmond Park, becoming the third woman to hold the seat since its creation in 1997. For gender equality campaigners, this was a celebrated victory. With an elected chamber where there are more …

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 …

A Democratic Deficit – Why I want more women in Parliament

by Joanna Phaure, an Ambassador for  50:50 Parliament At last, after centuries of lack of women in Parliament, the UK government is finally having an Inquiry into this important issue. They are inviting submissions to the Women and Equalities Select Committee.  I urge everyone who truly cares about democracy to contribute before the end of September. Please take this opportunity …

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 …

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 Parliament since 1945: have they changed the debate?

Luke Blaxill , Kaspar Beelen | 25 July 2016 http://www.historyandpolicy.org/policy-papers/papers/women-in-parliament-since-1945-have-they-changed-the-debate 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 …

Women in Politics: A Progressive Perspective

The following blog is an opinion piece by Julie Roberts. Julie lives in Edinburgh and is an Ambassador for 50:50 Parliament. “There are two things that should never be discussed at the dinner table,” my Grannie said to me one Sunday afternoon as we were washing the dishes after lunch, “politics and religion.”  It was 1990; I was 10 years …

50:50 Parliament: What would it look like?

50:50 Parliament: What would it look like? The following blog is an opinion piece by Anna Sanders. Anna is a postgraduate in politics at Manchester University and an Ambassador for 50:50 Parliament. Women make up half of the population, and yet in Britain, they constitute fewer than three in ten MPs. With 133 female MPs needed before parity can be …

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 – …

Just Released: The Good Parliament Report

A fantastic blueprint for “a more representative and inclusive House of Commons”. This is what needs to be done. Now let’s get on and do it! Click here to download the full report

50:50 Parliament Following in the Footsteps of Fawcett

On 7 June 1866 Millicent Fawcett presented the first Suffrage petition to Parliament. One hundred and fifty years later there are still 140% more men than women in the House of Commons. This is a historic injustice and a democratic deficit. Why, in 2016, is the “Mother of Parliaments” still so full of men?

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 …

The 50:50 Campaign at the House of Commons

How do we get better gender balance in Parliament? 50:50 Debate

Around two hundred 50:50 Parliament Campaign supporters held a rally outside Parliament on 1 December to remember Nancy Astor, the first woman to take her seat as an MP, 96 years ago. A lively debate then took place inside the House of Commons, with a cross-party panel discussing solutions to get more women into Parliament.

50:50 House of Commons Debate: Storify

To mark the anniversary of Nancy Astor MP taking a seat in the House of Commons – the first woman to do so – 50:50 Parliament rallied on the railings and convened a cross-party discussion on how to get better gender balance in the British Parliament. Storify by Hanna Nomm.

Family Friendly Parliament [Huff Post]

Did you catch the incredible House of Commons debate on Tuesday, on “Family friendliness of the Houses of Parliament”? It was brought by Jess Phillips MP and produced some interesting reactions and great sound bites on twitter.

Female Mayoral candidates deserve more media coverage

The race for the next London Mayor is on. With seven months to go to the fifth Mayoral and London Assembly elections, you could be forgiven for thinking that there are only two candidates in the running for Mayor.

Review of Suffragette Film

50:50 Parliament was lucky enough to attend a special preview of Suffragette earlier this month. This new film, directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan is a must see! It provides a moving insight into the hard-won fight for women’s suffrage and the wider struggle for gender equality in the UK.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals: a call for a Gender Balanced Parliament!

25-27 September 2015 saw world leaders launch the United Nations (‘UN’) Sustainable Development Goals, setting the agenda for international development for the next 15 years. The Millennium Development Goals guided the UN’s development work since the year 2000, but the UN is now building on that success and providing a new wish list for international development. The UN Global Development Goals …

50:50 Cabinets Are Trending But We Need Women on the Back Benches Too [Huff Post]

Congratulations to Jeremy Corbyn being elected as the new Labour Leader and Tom Watson as Deputy Leader. Still, it is disappointing that not one woman was selected for a Labour Leadership role, even though they accounted for five of the nine candidates standing for the top posts. Perhaps if the leadership and deputy leadership campaigns had been run at slightly …

50:50 Labour Leadership Election

After all the debates, polls and news coverage, the Labour leadership contest is coming to an end. The 50:50 Parliament campaign believes that having more women in Parliament matters because policy decisions matter, so it’s time for a quick roundup of what each candidate might mean for policy developments that affect women in the UK.

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 …

What did the Magna Carta do for women? [Huff Post]

On 15th June, 800 years ago the unpopular King John met with his unruly Barons at Runnymede to sign Magna Carta. This ancient document is regarded as the foundation of democracy, a cornerstone of the British constitution, outlining the rights of “free men” to justice and freedom. It “retains enormous symbolic power… as a guarantor of individual liberties” says Claire …

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:

Were Women Winners in the 2015 Election? [Huff Post]

The 2015 General Election demonstrated that, given the opportunity, women win seats. Of the 111 seats that changed hands, women won 41% of them: 19 (38%) of the 50 new seats won by SNP were won by women 14 (63%) of the 22 new seats won by Labour were won by women 13 (37%) of the 35 new seats won …

Mind the Gender Gap at Westminster [Huff Post]

Today is Election Day and your vote counts! We at the 50:50 Parliament Campaign want everyone to be out there using their little stubby pencil to put a cross against their chosen candidate. This is a “right” that the historic Suffragettes and Suffragists struggled hard for, making many personal sacrifices along the way. So who should you to vote for?

50:50 Parliament – A Call to Action on International Women’s Day [Huff Post]

On International Women’s Day 50:50 Parliament marched through London with Helen Pankhurst, Gemma Arterton, Annie Lennox and Paloma Faith to demand equality for women. We joined forces, to show solidarity with Care International and demonstrate about the under-representation of women in the UK Parliament. Nearly 100 years after women got the right to vote, politics still looks like the preserve …

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

2014: The Good, The Bad and the Change Making

Lists. That’s what defines the end of a year. Lists of the year’s best films, songs, great bake off moments, Taylor Swift moments…basically buzzfeed type articles filling up my timeline (more so than normal). And now we get to do the same for feminist fun. Was 2014 a good year for women? Did we come closer to smashing the patriarchy? What …