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 …
Now it’s time for feminism to tackle class as well as culture . Guardian 17 Nov 2013 Melissa Benn
One of the biggest barriers stopping more women entering the House is the division of labour in the household. Get more men changing nappies and you’ll have more women changing policies
Dave’s Problem with women. The Economist 12 Oct 2013. Bagehot
All three party leaders have a lot to say about how the female profile must be raised. Then do nothing.
Link to Podcast: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/wpr/wpr_20140719-1130b.mp3 See between 5.26 and 8.30 for 50:50 Parliament Campaign relevance.