Women in Politics

Women's Political Participation

Meg Munn | Posted 07.01.2015 | 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.

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...

Poorna Bell

Meet The Politicians Paving The Way For Other Women In Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

During our March campaign Conversation Changers, our aim was to shine a spotlight on areas that traditionally had an under-representation of women, an...

In Response to Your Doubts About International Women's Day

Polly Courtney | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Courtney

We already have a great network of organisations and individuals working to achieve this through educational, vocational and mentoring schemes, but more support is needed - both financial and on the ground. We need more men to get involved too, as these are problems that affect us all. Things won't happen overnight, but I believe that change is possible

Poorna Bell

Five Things Women Need To Be Talking About In 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Kicking off the first week of our Conversation Changers campaign, centred around championing women who are helping to change the status quo, we asked ...

Women Have the Power to Lead - What's Stopping Them - Confidence or Men?

Nicci Roscoe | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicci Roscoe

When the FTSE 100 has only four female chief executives there's a question that has to be asked: Why are more women not pushing themselves forward for more senior roles? My work as a corporate coach suggests the answer is primarily a lack of confidence.

'It's Raining Men'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK

The awkward Andrew Marr sofa served up a blockbuster clash on Sunday morning, pitting Harriet Harman against Michael Gove. Challenging the Educatio...

Lib Dem Activists Fight to Uphold Core Values

Naomi Smith | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Naomi Smith

While such questions remain, the Liberal Democrats should not rush to welcoming Lord Rennard back to a position of prominence in parliament and in policy-making. To do so would be to show that it's 'business as usual' in the old boy's club of Westminster, and would make the Liberal Democrats outspoken apologists of an abusive political culture.

This Ludicrous Obsession, Parents in Parliament: The Motherhood Trap

Dr Rosie Campbell | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Rosie Campbell

Men's over-representation and women's under-representation in the UK Parliament is pretty well known, even if the public sometimes over-estimates just...

Helle Thorning-Schmidt: Five Incredible Facts About The Danish Prime Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 12.12.2013 | UK Comedy

Don't know much about the woman behind that selfie? Fear not. Here are five incredible facts about the Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmi...

The Case for Quotas for Women in Politics

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Quota implementation in Latin America has not gone unchallenged. Detractors frequently argue that quotas interfere with meritocratic recruitment, alleging that "quota women" are the female relatives of male politicians, thereby perpetuating - rather than destabilising - elite control. Similarly, quota women are criticised for being dependent on party leaders, lacking autonomous voices, and failing to promote feminist policies.

As Lord Mayor, I Hope to Better Enable Young Women to Fulfil Their Business Ambitions

Fiona Woolf CBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Fiona Woolf CBE

Being the second woman in the role is exciting for me too - a lot of emphasis is put on the first woman in a position (a role that has been mine on several occasions), but being the second shows the normalisation of female leadership that has taken place in the 30 years since Mary Donaldson become the first female Lord Mayor in 1983.

Tony Abbott's Woman Problem

Emily Verdouw | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK Politics
Emily Verdouw

Although I question many of his archaic statements in the past, I do not believe Australia's new PM chose to represent only one woman in his cabinet based on misogynistic tendencies. I believe playing into that is counterproductive to the real issue at hand.

Why Do Women Know Less About Politics Than Men?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK Politics

Women still know less about politics than men despite progress in sexual equality, especially in Britain, academics have said. A study of 10 nation...

Baroness Thatcher - Is She Really a Role Model for Women Leaders?

Professor Fiona Church | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Fiona Church

Thatcher is often described as a role model inspiration for women leaders. It is true to say that as the first woman prime minister she achieved high office and recognition never afforded to a woman before. However, as a woman leader myself - can I truly see her as a role model?

Margaret Thatcher and the True Scotsman

Judi Sutherland | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Politics
Judi Sutherland

We are often told that the UK lags behind other countries when it comes to the number of women in senior roles: as Members of Parliament, on company boards, or otherwise visible in public life. I have a feeling that at least some of this phenomenon is directly attributable to Mrs Thatcher herself.

Women, Power and Margaret Thatcher

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ian Robertson

Power's action on the brain has many similarities to drugs like cocaine, and can cause similar changes to the brain, including, in extreme cases, a sort of addiction to power. Margaret Thatcher found it exceedingly difficult to live without this drug and harbored a bitter and unforgiving resentment against the colleagues who brought her down until dementia came over her.

The Strongest Female Voice in Politics Is Gone - Will There Ever Be Another?

Charlotte Lytton | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Charlotte Lytton

What worries me most about Thatcher's death is not the Bieber generation tweeting their desperate confusion about why someone's name they don't recognise is trending. What is far more concerning than that is how Britain's only ever female leader being gone will impact the future of women in politics.

Thatcher's Gender Framed Her Politics

Diane Abbott | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Thatcher was certainly not a feminist either in principle or in practise. She is alleged to have said that feminism was "poison". Far from seeing herself as a role model to female politicians, she actually promoted fewer female MPs than her male predecessors. She was the archetypal successful woman who revelled in being 'one of the boys'. But in a curious way the cult around her, particularly in the later years of her career, was one that could only have been excited by a woman.