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 …
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.