50:50 Zoom event during lockdown with 100 women

Rethinking Democracy

50:50 Parliament is launching a series of online networking events for women as part of the Equal Power campaign. Come and be inspired by amazing female MPs, meet the 50:50 team and learn what happens when you #SignUpToStand. By Sarah Tomlin

“Women Leaders Have Best Response to Covid-19!” This great story has been covered by several journalists. The responses show how inequality works.

Did you see the great Forbes article about how the countries with the best COVID-19 responses all had women leaders? It has 7.2 million views and is a powerful testament to the importance of the 50:50 Parliament campaign, which inspires and supports women in standing for elected office. It may not be objective analysis, but I thought it was an …

Women on the front line fighting coronavirus

Donate to COVID-19 Relief here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rhg As I write I am in self isolation, with a vague lingering sore throat and a dry cough. I wonder if I have coronavirus. It is a very frightening prospect. Who is going to help me fight this?  I know who – if it gets really bad it is the nurses on ICU that will …

50:50 Please Help #ShieldTheElderly & Vulnerable

My heart goes out to those who are suffering and their families at this dreadful time. I have direct experience of something like Covid- 19 and it is horrific.  My husband died three years ago of flu after he developed complications. I sat with him while he was on a ventilator and life support. He had amazing care in ICU …

Battle Weary Reflections On International Women’s Day

By Kelly Grehan, 50:50 Director and Labour Councillor This week we have had to face the fact, once again that the next President of the United States will not be a woman. I cannot see a likelihood of Donald Trump – misogynist and sexual assaulter of women – losing the US election and that can only mean that a sizable …

“She Doesn’t Look Like A Leader” Inside the Labour Leadership Battle

Reader, please close your eyes and imagine a leader.  What do you see? I’ve asked people to do this in women’s forums I have run and often received feedback from women that they were surprised to find they imagined ‘a white man in a grey suit.’  Many of these women has campaigned for women’s inclusion in political structures for decades, …

50:50 Part of Equal Power!

50:50 Parliament is part of the fantastic coalition of women’s groups led by Fawcett Society campaigning for Equal Power! We are standing on the threshold of a new decade, let’s make it a decade of democracy. Will you stand with us? By Sarah Tomlin 2019 was quite a year for politics but we want 2020 to be even more ground …

Record Numbers of Women #SignUpToStand & 50:50 on Woman’s Hour!

During the last few weeks record numbers of women have been signing up to stand via www.5050Parliament.co.uk . Woman’s Hour invited Frances and Lucrece to talk about it with Jenni Murray – go here to listen.  Being on Woman’s Hour has had a snowball effect with even more people clicking #AskHerToStand and #SignUpToStand on the 50:50 website.   It feels like a wave of women want to …

Wendy Chamberlain MP – inspired by 50:50!

50:50 Parliament are thrilled to congratulate Wendy Chamberlain, elected as the new Liberal Democrat MP for North East Fife. Wendy Chamberlain, is no. 1 on our list of 65 Lib Dem women who have reached out to 50:50 for support in their desire to stand as an MP.   She was one of the first to engage with the #SignUpToStand campaign in 2017. …

50:50 Inspired 9 Women Who Won Seats #GE2019

50:50 Congratulate all 220 women who have won seats in this election!  At least nine of them have been inspired by our work.  50:50 also say a big thank you to all those inspirational women who were prepared to stand. More than 50 were inspired by 50:50 they are leading the way! Women have been signing up to stand via the 50:50 website in record …

50 Women Inspired by 50:50 #GE2019

Frances Scott Founder & Director 50:50 Parliament 10 Dec 2019 50:50 Parliament want to build a better democracy, one that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent and experience, including that of the 32 million women who live and work in the UK. 50:50 are taking action with our #AskHerToStand and #SignUpToStand programmes to inspire and support women in …

Leaders Debate – Where were the women?

Frances Scott, Director 50:50 Parliament 8 Dec 2019 So we had three men on the stage at the Leaders Debate on Friday 6 December. A visiting Martian might think that 32 million UK women, 52% of the population don’t exist. At times the debate felt like we live in a “chumocracy” rather than a democracy. Politics is not just for …

#DemocracyDay – 50:50 Parliament putting gender on the agenda!

By Frances Scott, Founder & Director, 50:50 Parliament 5 Dec 2019 Today is Democracy Day.  What a great day to support 50:50 Parliament! 50:50 want to build a better democracy, one in which draws upon the widest possible pool of talent and experience, including that of the 32 million women living and working in the UK. During the last Parliament …

Inspired to stand by 50:50!

By Susan Coleman Shropshire I have been inspired to get politically involved! The turning point came a year ago on 21 November 2018 when I went to the Houses of Parliament, having secured an invite from my MP to attend 50:50 Parliament’s  #AskHerToStand day. I had worked in #STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) for 5 years bringing together school children …

Mandu Reid’s Speech

Reclaim The Night March, London 2019 Thank you for being here on this cold, damp, winter evening. Thank you for being here to Reclaim The Night! Gatherings like this are as important and as urgent as they’ve ever been. Gatherings like this are the engine of the women’s movement, whilst the solidarity and warmth between us is our fuel.  And god …

GE2019 – Analysing Candidate Gender

This analysis wouldn’t have been possible without the years of incredible work invested by Democracy Club and thousands of volunteers, who believe that democracy is better served by open, accessible data. We certainly think so, and we thank them for their incredible contribution. About This Data This blog is 50:50’s analysis of the candidate data for the 2019 General Election. …