A Democratic Deficit – Why I want more women in Parliament

by Joanna Phaure, an Ambassador for  50:50 Parliament At last, after centuries of lack of women in Parliament, the UK government is finally having an Inquiry into this important issue. They are inviting submissions to the Women and Equalities Select Committee.  I urge everyone who truly cares about democracy to contribute before the end of September. Please take this opportunity …

Women and Equalities Committee – 19 September 2016

After a #DressingDown #5050Parliament did a little #StripTees at Women & Equalities Select Committee Inquiry because Parliament did not like our t-shirt, so we removed it, staring on Parliamentary TV, see clip below. But seriously, please everyone write to the inquiry explaining why we need more women at Westminster. We need better gender balance and more women in Parliament, not only …

Six Important Quotes From London’s Feminist Solidarity Festival

We loved the #5050Parliament mention in #Makers. Massive thanks Sophie Wilkinson Read the original here: makers.com Intersectional, varied and empowering are just three words to describe London’s Fourth Wave Feminist Activists. As well as campaigning, protesting and organizing in the fight for equal rights for women, the group puts together the annual London Feminist Solidarity Festival, in order to: ‘show …

Women in Parliament since 1945: have they changed the debate?

Luke Blaxill , Kaspar Beelen | 25 July 2016 http://www.historyandpolicy.org/policy-papers/papers/women-in-parliament-since-1945-have-they-changed-the-debate Executive Summary What difference does gender make in the House of Commons? Do male and female MPs approach their roles as representatives differently? Do they prioritise different issues, or use different language? Disagreements on these questions continue to dominate public debate over the on-going under-representation of women in Parliament. In this …

Women in Politics: A Progressive Perspective

The following blog is an opinion piece by Julie Roberts. Julie lives in Edinburgh and is an Ambassador for 50:50 Parliament. “There are two things that should never be discussed at the dinner table,” my Grannie said to me one Sunday afternoon as we were washing the dishes after lunch, “politics and religion.”  It was 1990; I was 10 years …

50:50 Parliament: What would it look like?

50:50 Parliament: What would it look like? The following blog is an opinion piece by Anna Sanders. Anna is a postgraduate in politics at Manchester University and an Ambassador for 50:50 Parliament. Women make up half of the population, and yet in Britain, they constitute fewer than three in ten MPs. With 133 female MPs needed before parity can be …

Women in politics – The struggle continues [The Economist]

THERESA MAY’S appointment as Britain’s second female prime minister has led to predictable comparisons with Margaret Thatcher. Yet around Britain, female leaders have become the norm. In Scotland, the heads of the three biggest parties are women. So is Northern Ireland’s first minister. Wales is the only country of the UK where a man is in charge—and he faces a …

Women in Parliament since 1945: have they changed the debate? [History and Policy]

Executive Summary What difference does gender make in the House of Commons? Do male and female MPs approach their roles as representatives differently? Do they prioritise different issues, or use different language? Disagreements on these questions continue to dominate public debate over the on-going under-representation of women in Parliament. In this policy paper, we use an exciting new research methodology – …

Just Released: The Good Parliament Report

A fantastic blueprint for “a more representative and inclusive House of Commons”. This is what needs to be done. Now let’s get on and do it! Click here to download the full report [pdf-embedder url=”http://5050parliament.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/GoodParliamentReport.pdf”]

50:50 Parliament Following in the Footsteps of Fawcett

On 7 June 1866 Millicent Fawcett presented the first Suffrage petition to Parliament. One hundred and fifty years later there are still 140% more men than women in the House of Commons. This is a historic injustice and a democratic deficit. Why, in 2016, is the “Mother of Parliaments” still so full of men?

Vagina Added Tax Is Because 'Men Were Making the Laws', Says Obama [Huff Post]

Massive congratulations to the fantastic #EndTamponTax campaigners! Headed up by Laura Coryton this campaign and petition has successfully pressurized Parliament to scrap the archaic laws taxing tampons as ‘luxury items’. They also forced MPs to use the word “tampon” and “period” in Parliament, which some found quite awkward. The story behind the removal of this unfair tax shows why we …

Institutionally sexist? Parliament remains a ‘gentlemen’s club,’ MP says [RT]

Almost 100 years since getting the right to vote, British women are still unfairly represented in political life. Dr Rupa Huq MP says Westminster remains a ‘gentlemen’s club’ that is sexist down to its foundations. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday, Huq said she regularly encounters sexist comments among male colleagues. She told the Pienaar’s Politics show the …

The 50:50 Campaign at the House of Commons

How do we get better gender balance in Parliament? 50:50 Debate

Around two hundred 50:50 Parliament Campaign supporters held a rally outside Parliament on 1 December to remember Nancy Astor, the first woman to take her seat as an MP, 96 years ago. A lively debate then took place inside the House of Commons, with a cross-party panel discussing solutions to get more women into Parliament.

50:50 House of Commons Debate: Storify

To mark the anniversary of Nancy Astor MP taking a seat in the House of Commons – the first woman to do so – 50:50 Parliament rallied on the railings and convened a cross-party discussion on how to get better gender balance in the British Parliament. Storify by Hanna Nomm.

Family Friendly Parliament [Huff Post]

Did you catch the incredible House of Commons debate on Tuesday, on “Family friendliness of the Houses of Parliament”? It was brought by Jess Phillips MP and produced some interesting reactions and great sound bites on twitter.