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.
Some may mock the observation that the cabinet has no mothers – but a large part of the reason women are still much less likely to be MPs than men is that many of them are mothers.
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
An MP has claimed some Conservatives make lurid hand gestures towards Labour women during debates in the Commons.
Experts have given many reasons for the need of a more gender balanced Parliament. Here are some that I particularly like:
As research shows that high-earning women mean happier families and Lloyds pledges to raise its female executive ratio to 40 per cent, Rosamund Urwin asks: are we at the tipping point?
They’ve tried Punch and Judy, they’ve tried softly-softly; and on Wednesday the parties settled on a new means for settling the balls-out battle for PMQs. A woman-off!
Councillor tweets glamour picture in female politicians jibe
The lack of women in Parliament isn’t just a national embarrassment: it should be a national emergency
The Labour leader claimed a “picture tells a thousand words” as he mocked David Cameron for a lack of women on the government front bench during Prime Minister’s Questions. See video here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26052724
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?
1.34: ‘Today parliament is not properly representative of the country’
Women only account for 27 per cent of all announced prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) for the general election, according to an analysis by i100.co.uk. SEE FULL CHARTS HERE: http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/why-women-in-politics-still-have-a-long-way-to-go-in-7-charts–ekQYkR2Foe
Networking, party support and updated working practices are the key to addressing Westminster’s gender imbalance, says Róisín Watson
With Tory women MPs quitting Westminster over its old-fashioned ways, Lib Dem reforms failing and the young being urged not to vote, parliament could be called unfit for purpose
As the controversy over Lord Rennard continued to rage, TV personalities Anne Robinson and Joan Bakewell join Stella Creasy MP and Kirsty Wark to discuss sexual harassment and sexual inequality. Stella Creasy starts 4.20 mins in, responding on behalf of younger women.
Sexism there is in British politics, but it’s by and large less overt (than the US)
“It’s hard to credit in 2014, but it’s true: there’s still a major British workplace, one of the country’s best-known brands, where women have no right to take maternity leave.
Women in the UK were first able to vote in Parliamentary elections in the 1918 General Election. Separate legislation was passed to allow women to stand as candidates, also for the first time in 1918. Seventeen women stood at that election and one, Countess Constance Markievicz, was successful in St Patrick’s Division of Dublin. Ironically, as a Sinn Fein MP …