Women in Politics

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 10.03.2014 | 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 01.03.2014 | 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 19.11.2013 | 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.

The Party Where Being a Woman Is Political - By Choice

Zion Lights | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

The attraction of this political party for women is simple. Green Party benefits include practical things as a national rape crisis hotline, options for job-share, equal pay, maternity care, childcare and maternity/paternity leave, supporting breastfeeding, support for domestic abuse and violence.

Are These The Most Inspirational Women Of All Time?

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Much like the millions of individuals the event represents, International Women's Day has become a force to be reckoned with since its inception in th...

Ned Simons

US Election 2012: America Now Gayer, More Female And Slightly Stoned

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 07.11.2012 | UK Politics

America awoke on Wednesday morning to find it still had a Democratic president, but also that it was more female, a bit gayer and slightly more stoned...

Now You Can Dress Like Maggie..

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 31.08.2012 | UK

A rainbow collection of Margaret Thatcher’s 1970s power suits is expected to sell for thousands of pounds at auction on Monday. The outfits, worn...

Theresa May And Chloe Smith Attend 'Trailblazing' Women Awards

Posted 29.06.2012 | UK Politics

Home secretary Theresa May, the most senior woman in government and Treasury minister Chloe Smith were among the guests at the First Women Awards on T...

What About Women in London?

Ceri Goddard | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Politics
Ceri Goddard

The capital city's four million women residents are more likely to live in poverty, experience a wider pay gap, and are less likely to work once they have children than women living elsewhere. In fact, London has the lowest level of maternal employment in the country: just over half of the city's mothers with dependent children work - compared to almost two thirds across the UK.

Britain's Next Female Prime Minister? Young Politicos Hope So

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK Politics

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has been voted the likeliest candidate to be the next female prime minister. This was the outcome of a debate o...