50:50 & Fawcett Join Forces to Inspire More Women to Westminster

by Germaine Broadbent, 50:50 Parliament Ambassador 50:50 Parliament is a national, cross party campaign to get more women into Parliament. With our #AskHerToStand and #SignUpToStand campaigns we want to support women along the way to Westminster. On the 18th July, The Fawcett Society partnered with 50:50 to host the “Courage Calls: Ask Her to Stand” event at Church House, Westminster, London …

10 Questions for Angela Crawley

“My call to women across the UK is this – be the change you want to see in the world. If being underrepresented in Parliament frustrates you like it did for me, it is time to consider running for office.”- – Angela Crawley MP Angela Crawley is a Scottish National Party politician. She has served as an MP for Lanark …

10 ways you can support 50:50 Parliament

Here at 50:50 Parliament, we are passionate about achieving a gender-balanced government. We drive that mission by encouraging, inspiring and supporting women’s political engagement. There are lots of ways you can support the group. For the May edition of 50:50 Voice (our new e-magazine!) we have come up with 10 ways you can support 50:50 Parliament. We hope that you …

Women, Our Country Needs You!

By Dolly Theis, Founder and Director of 50:50 Parliament’s #AskHerToStand Campaign This month is a moment where our country needs you. The Centre for Public Appointments have 36 positions available. Don’t sit it out. Apply now to help make some of the most important decisions for our country, including Chair of NHS England and Chief Commissioner for the Independent Commission …

Inspired to Stand by 50:50!

By Valerie John-Baptiste Five years ago, in 2013, when Frances started 50:50, I was heavily occupied with what turned out to be a seven year training in psychotherapy and research. Over the years, she would passionately invite me to get involved in politics because I think she could see that at some point I would be ready. And so in …

Not Yet Suffragette Comedy Show in Support of 50:50

By Larissa Hirst Not Yet Suffragette is a one woman feminist theatre and comedy show written and performed by the talented Natalie Ann Cutler.  One hundred years on from some women winning the right to vote the continued lack of equality it laughable.  Not Yet Suffragette is funny, feisty and feminine! The story begins during WWI where women kept the country afloat …

50:50’s Speech at #March4Women

By  Isabel Adomakoh Young Hello March4Women! I’m Isabel from 50:50 Parliament, it’s great to be with you. Thanks Care UK for organising such an inspiring march! 50:50 have been called the Modern Day Suffragettes! We want Equal Seats and Equal Say. Women may have the vote but we don’t yet have equal representation. It’s 2018 but in that place men outnumber …

The Conservative Women’s Organisation Ask Her To Stand!

By Fleur Butler CWO Yorkshire. The Conservative women’s annual conference in Leicester this year was open to all women irrespective of party and the theme was #AskHerToStand (with thanks to 50:50 Parliament).  The room was full of politically engaged and inspirational women.  

10 Questions for Helen Grant

“In 2006 I joined my party and was accepted onto the candidates list. In 2008 I was selected to fight a seat. In 2010 I became the first Anglo-African female Conservative MP, then Minister, and in 2018 I was appointed a Vice-Chairman on the Party. If I can do this, so can you, and that’s why I’m proud to back …

Young voices

— By Nicola Morgan I recently had the pleasure of taking the 50:50 campaign into a school visiting a fabulous group of young women comprising year 13 students at Pipers Corner Girls School in Buckinghamshire.  This was an ambitious and aware group of young women who are not satisfied with the level of representation of women in Parliament but their …

50:50 Mascots and Missions

By Lexie Evans. Working with 50:50 parliament over the last few weeks has been exciting, enjoyable and full on. Before coming to work with the campaign I would have said that equal numbers of female and male MP’s was important but after my week working directly with Frances, I now realise how true this is. Seeing how passionate everyone involved …

A Review Of The ‘Inspiring Kent Labour Women Event’

By Kelly Grehan. Spurred on by International Women’s Day on Thursday a group of us from Dartford CLP headed down to Canterbury for this event. Since becoming Kent’s only Labour MP last June, Rosie Duffield has become the pride of the Labour Party movement throughout Kent, with all of us feeling that she is ‘our Rosie’ .

Thanks for joining 50:50. Let’s build a better democracy together!

By Frances Scott Founder and Director 50:50 Parliament I love the name of 50:50’s new online magazine 50:50 Voice. Massive thanks to the team for their inspiration and hard work in putting this fantastic first edition together! 50:50 are campaigning for women to have equal seats and equal say. We want men and women to run the country and plan …

50:50 at Femedic event – Women’s Health & Austerity

Femedic kindly invited 50:50 to speak at their first live event, ‘How Does Austerity Affect Women’s Health’ We too often see women’s lives and experiences not prioritised by our policy makers. This is evident in women’s health. 145 women a week in the UK die of gynaecological cancer, yet it receives only 0.4% of research funding. Maternity services report overwhelming …

10 Questions for Rosie Duffield

  “This time last year, I was an ordinary 50:50 supporter. Frances and the 50:50 team inspired me and made me believe that I too could be an MP. We need more women to be given the confidence and support to succeed in politics, that’s why I’m proud to back 50:50’s #AskHerToStand campaign.” – Rosie Duffield MP Rosie Duffield is …

The Speaker Talks of Parliamentary Reform

Where to begin? There he was, in a blue suit with exotic tie, the Right Rolling-Tongued and Twinkling-Eyed Honourable Mr John Bercow MP and Speaker of the House of Commons. His subject was that of parliamentary reform, a subject dear to his heart.

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 …