Women And The 2014 Elections [Woman’s Hour]

Drude Dahlerup from Stockholm University & Polly Trenow of the Fawcett Society discussing: Discussing the election of the first Feminist MEP, Soraya Post in Sweden . and the impact of UKIP for women & political representation local elections and the implications for women & political representation http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zv77s

Sweden Gains its First Feminist MEP [The Times]

The European Parliament has its first member elected on a feminist ticket. Soraya Post, 57, won to become the Sweden Feminist Initiative party’s first elected MEP with 5.3 per cent of the vote. The human rights activist, who is also Sweden’s first Roma MEP, plans to draw attention to women’s issues and to fight the rise of the far right …

“More women on boards or else”, says Vince Cable [Evening Standard]

Companies were today threatened with “tougher measures” to force women on to boards if firms would not appoint them voluntarily. The warning came from Business Secretary Vince Cable after two reports simultaneously raised concerns British firms had become complacent about giving women top jobs.

Parties are the key [Guardian]

Almost 100 years after women got the vote, we remain a small minority in the Commons, Lords and at the top of politics, in the cabinet.

Does Westminster have a problem with women? [Guardian]

Angela Eagle, the current chair of the Labour party and a vigorous campaigner for equality, takes a hard-headed view typical of female politicians who insist there should never be a let-up, that the fight must never end. “The suffragettes thought that if you got the vote for women, everything else would follow. But we still have a lot further to go. …

Feminising British Politics [The Political Quarterly]

‘Progress on increasing the political representation of women in the UK has stalled. At the 2010 election just 22% of returned MPs were women – an increase of less than 4% over the three elections since 1997.’

Does Westminster have a problem with women? [Guardian]

Angela Eagle, the current chair of the Labour party and a vigorous campaigner for equality, takes a hard-headed view typical of female politicians who insist there should never be a let-up, that the fight must never end. “The suffragettes thought that if you got the vote for women, everything else would follow. But we still have a lot further to go. …

House of ill repute [Independent]

Nigel Evans found not guilty: ‘There would be quite senior MPs, drunk, flirting with us’ – one young Tory reveals the after-hours culture in the Commons The nights out were what I remember the most. And they were often big nights for those of us working as Conservative researchers and interns in the House of Commons.

Women in Parliament and Government [House of Commons Library]

This note shows how the number of women in Parliament has changed since 1918, when women first became eligible to be elected as MPs. It presents comparative data for women in Parliament and other elected bodies in the UK and internationally. It also looks at some milestones over the last 100 years for women in Parliament and Government in the UK.

Sexminster Expose [Channel 4 News]

Channel 4 News has been investigating sexual harassment in parliament. We spoke to 70 people hailing from all political parties and found this is something that’s really part of the fabric. Cathy Newman 10 April 2014

Glamour Tweets

An MP has claimed some Conservatives make lurid hand gestures towards Labour women during debates in the Commons.

Can Theresa May make it to the top? [Guardian]

While flashier talents have come and gone, the home secretary is now a potential leader of the Conservatives. What does her rise tell us about the Tory party today – and its relationship with women?