Women in Politics

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 30.04.2015 | 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 29.04.2015 | 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 07.04.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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...

Women's Political Participation

Meg Munn | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

We need more women in key decision-making positions and for them to be visible whilst undertaking them. Increasing the numbers of women at all levels of political representation will lead to a more cohesive and inclusive society.

Baroness Warsi Slams The Media's Portrayal Of Women In Politics

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics

Ex-Tory chairman Baroness Warsi has called for people to "push back" against the sexist portrayal of female politicians in the media. In an intervi...

Girls: A New Political Force in the UK and Abroad

Tanya Barron | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

Thousands of girls - represented by Girlguiding - have entered the political fray, many for the first time. In Girls Matter, they make eight demands of politicians to put girls' interests at the heart of what they do across government. As an act of collective lobbying by a group of young women, it is unprecedented.

Stop Saying Women Are Too Pretty to Do Anything

Joana Gomes | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joana Gomes

The phrase is probably as old as the hills. 'You're too pretty to be a -insert profession some people deem too serious for an attractive woman-'... It has become too common to talk about a woman's worth in her profession in direct relation to her physical attributes.

A Labour Government Would Make Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls a Priority

Yvette Cooper | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Politics
Yvette Cooper

I am particularly worried about the justice gap and the lack of action when it comes to violence against women. Not only have prosecutions and convictions fallen at a time when reported crimes are going up, there is a growing use of community resolutions which are just inappropriate for serious crimes. Much as the Home Office like to tell us this is OK, it isn't.

6 Ways Cameron's 'Rise Of The Women' Is A Damp Squib

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's reshuffle this week aimed to sort out the Tories' "women problem" once and for all, with the "pale, male and stale" ministers shown th...

6 Graphs That Show How Out Of Touch Cameron's New Cabinet Is

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has shaken up his top team with his last cabinet reshuffle before the 2015 general election, which was heavily trumpeted as a move to st...

Campaigner-in-Chief Bill Clinton Makes Way for Hillary

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Did anyone ever think that Bill Clinton, perhaps the greatest politician of our time, even rivaling LBJ, would ever go "gently into that good night"? WJC now seems to be in his element, relishing the fact that GOP hitman-in-chief Karl Rove has thrown down his chain-mailed gauntlet and gone after his beloved Hillary, questioning her health and ability to serve as president.

Women's Hour Power List Doesn't Have A Single Politician On It

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK

Perhaps tellingly, on the day the number of women in the cabinet dropped to a paltry three, not a single female politician of any colour made it on to...