Women, Our Parliament Still Needs YOU!

So the 2017 General Election is over. There are 12 more women at Westminster making it a record 208 women MPs (32%). Some say we should be celebrating, but nearly 100 years after women gained the vote this is a SAD record.  There are now 442 male MPs so men still outnumber women by more than 2:1 in the Commons …

50:50 Parliament at the Women’s March London

50:50 Parliament will be marching at the Women’s March London for a more inclusive, representative and gender balanced Parliament. Because it would be better for everyone! Join us on 21st January – sign up free of charge here Men outnumber women by 2:1 in the Commons and 3:1 in Lords. The statistics suggest that the system still isn’t working for women. …

If we had 50:50 parliament would we still be waiting on this law to help end violence against women?

Last week, as 50:50 launched the #AskHertoStand campaign something fantastic happened for the path to Parliamentary equality; Sarah Olney overturned the 23,000 strong majority of Zac Goldsmith in Richmond Park, becoming the third woman to hold the seat since its creation in 1997. For gender equality campaigners, this was a celebrated victory. With an elected chamber where there are more …

50:50 Written Submission to the Women & Equalities Select Committee

  The 50:50 Parliament Campaign submitted written evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee’s inquiry into Women in the House of Commons The Women and Equalities Committee is holding an inquiry into Women in the House of Commons after the 2020 Election. Of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, men hold 458 (70%) and women only 192 …

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 …