Maria Miller
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Maria Miller has been Member of Parliament for Basingstoke since 2005.
Mrs Miller served on the Trade and Industry Select Committee from 2005-06. She was appointed Shadow Minister for Education in 2005, Shadow Minister for Family Welfare in 2006, and Shadow Minister for the Family 2007-10.
In 2010 Mrs Miller was appointed Parliamentary-Under Secretary State at the Department for Work and Pensions, before being appointed as Culture Secretary on 4 September 2012.
Before entering Parliament, Mrs Miller was a director of Grey Advertising and also Rowland Saatchi. Prior to that she worked for the oil company Texaco in business development and marketing.
She is married to Iain Miller, and they have one daughter and two sons.

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Workplace Culture Must Change if Women Are to Reach the Top of Our Biggest Companies

(5) Comments | Posted 26 March 2014 | (23:00)

On Wednesday, I was at Barclays UK headquarters in London where I was speaking at the annual launch of Lord Davies' and Cranfield's Women on Boards progress reports.

It's great news that we are on track to meet our target of 25% of female appointments...

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The Changing Role of Women

(4) Comments | Posted 7 March 2014 | (23:00)

This weekend we mark the 103rd International Women's Day. It's an opportunity to celebrate women's social, economic and political achievements and, just as importantly, to highlight the barriers to full equality that still exist, more than a century on.

But this year is also the centenary of...

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Women Must Be at the Heart of Our Efforts to Create Employment and Grow Our Economy

(55) Comments | Posted 2 July 2013 | (00:00)

Last week, Francis Maude and I hosted a networking event in Whitehall to encourage more senior women to take up roles on public boards, following a report published by the Cabinet Office. The report revealed that 37% of new public appointments made by Whitehall departments in 2012 to 2013 were...

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Equal Marriage Will Preserve the Institution of Marriage

(288) Comments | Posted 20 May 2013 | (13:01)

Our legislation to equalise marriage reaches an important stage tonight, when it comes back before the full House of Commons.

There has been a lot of debate on our proposed changes, and about what is the nature of marriage. Over the centuries our society has changed enormously. But marriage -...

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Testing Times: Fighting Culture's Corner in an Age of Austerity

(5) Comments | Posted 24 April 2013 | (14:23)

This country has an incredible and vibrant arts sector - one that is intrinsic to our cultural identity, to our achievements as a nation and to our future ambitions. In many senses our arts and culture underpin what it means to be British - how we see ourselves, and how...

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A Day to Celebrate Women in All Walks of Life

(20) Comments | Posted 7 March 2013 | (23:00)

Friday is International Women's Day. And it is an opportunity for us to celebrate women in all walks of life. It is a chance to look at where we are now, how far we have come, and what needs still to be done. It is also a time to reflect...

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Why We Need the Quadruple Lock on Gay Marriage

(53) Comments | Posted 14 December 2012 | (13:57)

Marriage is an institution that binds people together, underpins our society and has, throughout the centuries, allowed a public declaration of love and commitment. It is an institution of enormous value. Four hundred years ago Pascal said that "the heart has its reasons" and for many, marriage and 'walking down...

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The Airy Fairy Generalisations of Women in the Workplace

(6) Comments | Posted 13 November 2012 | (23:00)

There's an awful lot of nonsense spoken and written about women and employment. Airy generalisations slug it out with specious stereotyping and the simple reality gets lost in the clatter. Because the truth is, that women are at the heart of this country's economic growth strategy. And if we're serious...

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