Women in Politics

Forget Alpha Males and Alpha Females - Leadership has its own quality

Natasha Stromberg | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Natasha Stromberg

In the course of my work on gender equality I always find it fascinating to hear differing views on how successful women are perceived in the workp...

Women Are 51% of the Population - It's High Time That Parliament Reflected Society

Mims Davies | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Mims Davies

With women now making up 25% of FTSE 100 boards, the launch of the final Davies report yesterday was a celebration of a great milestone in the mission for gender equality in UK boardrooms. But as the report made clear, there is still a great deal more to be done.

50:50 Cabinets Are Trending But We Need Women on the Back Benches Too

Frances Scott | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Scott

By pushing to address the matter of gender equality and incorporate women into senior roles Jeremy Corbyn has shed more light on the overall problem that still exists. Parliament is predominantly male. There are 268 more men on those green benches than women.

Labour's Women Problem Can Be Fixed By Men, Actually

Jessie Thompson | Posted 13.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jessie Thompson

It isn't progressive to elect a woman as leader regardless of what her policies are - it's ridiculous, and patronizing too. We. Are. Different. Some of us like ice cream, some of us don't. Some of us like capitalism, some of us aren't such big fans. Sharing the same genitalia does not mean you will share the same values.

Liz Kendall Seems To Be The Only Candidate Enjoying Labour Leadership Race

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 29.08.2015 | UK Politics

Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall seems to be the only candidate enjoying the election, having shrugged off a sexist tweet in the latest example o...

Labour Must Break Its Own Glass Ceiling, Which Is Why I'm Backing Yvette Cooper

Georgina Hayes | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Hayes

Cooper's own vision of reforming capitalism into a social-democratic alternative based on Labour's founding principles of social justice seemed just as radical as Corbyn's vision to me - if not more so, as it looks to harness the future rather than the past.

Does It Matter That Top Female Politicians Are Not Mothers?

Donna Navarro | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Politics
Donna Navarro

If you look at the world of politics currently you may consider women are well-represented. Successful women successfully voted in as MPs to represent...

Members' Exits - And Entrances: Select Committee Membership, 2010-2015

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

In this blog we look at the 20 select committees whose job is to scrutinise specific government departments. We have excluded 'cross-cutting' and internal committees committees from our analysis because many of these - including the Environmental Audit Committee and all those with non-elected chairs and members - have yet to be established.

Nicola Sturgeon Named Most Influential Woman Of Year By BBC Woman's Hour

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon has been named the most influential woman of the year as part of an annual power list created by BBC Woman's Hour. ...

29% is Equality.

Talat Yaqoob | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Politics
Talat Yaqoob

It would appear that maths in not a strength of those tweeting, I didn't think 29% and 50% were the same. It has taken Westminster 96 years to reach 29% representation of women in parliament. Almost a century, and that is the rate of success.

The General Election Failed Women

Maria Neophytou | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Politics
Maria Neophytou

This was not a good election for women. They made up just a quarter of electoral candidates and featured in less than a tenth of press coverage. The issues which disproportionately affect women featured even less. Indeed, in all the months of election coverage and campaigning, there was barely an acknowledgement that such issues exist.

Mind the Gender Gap at Westminster

Frances Scott | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Scott

This is not an impossible dream. Seventy other countries have proportionally more women in their Parliaments than the UK and it is possible to solve this problem in a single day, for example Senegal went from 22% women in Parliament to 44%, overnight, in one election.

Will More Female MPs Mean an End to Violence Against Women?

Lee Webster | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Lee Webster

Striving towards a more balanced parliament and more women world leaders isn't just a point of principle. Whether or not they take it, women who gain political power have a critical opportunity to advance the rights of all women.

'Democracy and Misogyny': Another Monday Night in Montevideo

Sophie Bauer | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Sophie Bauer

Week three of my new life in Montevideo: it's 7pm on a Monday night and I'm sat in a cluster of enviously bohemian looking women and a couple of fresh...

Women Making a Stand for Equal Political Power

Lynne Parker | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

There has to be change in government and not just in terms of political parties. The biggest change must be a broader representation of women at all levels. This is why I particularly applaud and admire the efforts of modern day suffragette, Frances Scott, founder and leader of the 50:50 Parliament campaign and petition.

Where are the Women?

Talat Yaqoob | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Politics
Talat Yaqoob

The idea of putting into action a quota for women, seems to get many people's backs up. I have lost count of the number of times I have been told that our representatives must be there on merit only. What an insult to women, apparently in Scotland only 35% of the women's population is able.

Feminism Is Fashionable - but Still the Haters, Hate? Let's "Shake It Off, Shake It Off"

Martha Dalton | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
Martha Dalton

There is still a major mismatch in power and public life. From Parliament, to Boards and from pay packets, to the polling station - too few women are in positions of power and too few female voices are heard.

Inside View: Election Countdown

A.J. Higginson | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
A.J. Higginson

May's election is probably the first time in recent history that British voters expect a coalition. How this will influence factors such as tactical voting is hard to predict.

Reaction to Jack Monroe Demonstrates How Women's Political Views are Still Dismissed

Beulah Maud Devaney | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Politics
Beulah Maud Devaney

The thing that seems to have really upset people is that Ms Monroe is a woman who has made a public statement about her political beliefs. Let that settle in. A woman. Talking about politics. Yep. All those lefty men who were perfectly happy for Ms Monroe to promote the Labour Party are now asking Ms Monroe if she really understands how politics works.

Thoughts and Feelings as a First-Time Voter

Ellie Dibben | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Dibben

This year I will be a first time voter, and, in all honesty, I don't feel remotely qualified. Politics is a lot of work to keep up with when you're also trying to pass your A-levels, and the lack of political education at school certainly hasn't helped.

By Learning About the Challenges That Girls Face, They Can Seek Change

Emma Gees | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Gees

By learning about the challenges that girls face, they can seek change. As a Guide Leader, I'm always amazed at how passionate and determined my group can be when there is a cause they feel strongly about, such as child marriage and lack of access to education.

Women... Your Country Needs You to Vote

Cheryl Giovannoni | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Politics
Cheryl Giovannoni

Some of us feel compelled to decide the fate of Celebrity Big Brother and vote for the winner of X-Factor yet the political parties in the UK seem to be missing the mark when activating female voters. Why are these "missing millions", who many believe will provide the swing vote in the May election, not being inspired?

Why I'm Standing for Election - A Response to Ashvini Rae

Resham Kotecha | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Politics
Resham Kotecha

I, like you, have been frustrated by the lack of women in Parliament and I am firmly of the belief that the only way to cause change to happen, is by being on the inside. That is the reason why I decided to stand for Parliament.

I'll Vote for the First Time in 2020 - This Is What I Want for Women

Ashvini Rae | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ashvini Rae

In the next five years I will go from being a teenager to being an adult - in the eyes of politics. I will also be a first time voter in the 2020 General Election and as I step into the polling booth for the first time I sincerely want to see more female candidates on my ballot paper than ever before.

Lib Dem MP Thinks The Glass Ceiling 'Clearly' Affects Men, Not Women

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Politics

A Lib Dem MP has caused a stir after claiming that the glass ceiling "clearly" applies to men like him, rather than woman. Ian Swales, MP for Redca...