Women in Politics

While We Must Farewell Jo Cox, We Must Never Farewell The Values That Defined Her

Julia Gillard | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Politics
Julia Gillard

Women need power to change things. You can't change things if you are a name on a ballot, a quota filled - you need your seat in Parliament. Participation is the start, but power is the end. Jo knew that - it's why she worked so hard across party lines to make sure that women were running for seats they could win and it's why she herself joined a party where she stood a shot of becoming an MP and, one day, a minister, even a Prime Minister. Jo had courage, but she was also unashamed to have ambition. She wanted to go far, and she wanted to lift up others as she climbed. There's no stain in aspiring to the highest office in your country. It doesn't taint the purity of your purpose. Today, I want to say to you loudly and clearly - Have the highest of ambitions for yourself, for your purpose.

Supporting Women: Can The World Of Politics Learn From The World Of Science

Laura Wheeler | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Tech
Laura Wheeler

There is no better time than on Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of women in STEM, to bring these issues to the forefront. The comments that Trump has made may be reflective of a small slice of society which thinks it is acceptable to objectify and disrespect women, but, the world of politics must be as proactive as the world of science in eradicating these ignorant and intolerable attitudes.

What Do Women Want? WE Want To Know

Sophie Walker | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK Politics
Sophie Walker

Twenty years after women flooded the UK with their demands, they still make up this country's poorest people. They are still murdered at a rate of two a week, by a partner or former partner. And their domestic labour is still invisible and unpaid. It is time for women to raise their voices again. This time a feminist political force is listening.

May and Eagle: If Only They Cared What the Rest of Us Think

Thomas H. Brand | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Politics
Thomas H. Brand

It's so depressing, and the depression is heightened by the fact that it should be so exciting. If you asked me how I should feel at the idea of a w...

Emma Watson, Gloria Steinem, and My 10-year-old Daughter

Leah Jewett | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Leah Jewett

It feels like a historic moment, 24 February 2016. Actor Emma Watson, at 25 a rising-star feminist, is set to interview the revolutionary Gloria Steinem, 85-year-old activist, campaigner, legend. Outspoken-celebrity Britain meets era-defining America. One has seen the light; the other has lit the way.

Baroness Valerie Amos Shares Her Secrets For Success

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

To say that Valerie Amos has an impressive career history is an understatement. "I was the first black woman in a British cabinet, I was Secretary of...

Isabel Hardman Was Right to Call Out the 'Totty' MP - The Media Were Wrong to Name and Shame Him

Jessie Thompson | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jessie Thompson

It's obvious from Hardman's tweets that she thought more than once about whether to draw attention to the incident, and quite deliberately didn't mention the MP's name. She spoke carefully, flagging up unacceptable sexist behaviour rather than encouraging a personal attack on the individual that said it.

I Would Not Tolerate Mistreatment of Women in Any Other Community - I Won't Tolerate It in My Own

Naz Shah | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Politics
Naz Shah

It was with a sinking heart that I watched Pakistani women talking about being blocked into entering politics on Newsnight for the second time in a matter of weeks. But this stuff isn't just historical, it is happening today, leaving me disheartened and disgusted.

I've Got All My Sisters With Me - Where Women Are Winning

Jess Phillips | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

There is one thing I think that we women have that our brothers should envy and replicate - we have each other. The relationships I have had with women are life-changing. It is hard to put in to words the awesomeness of female friendship, many writers have tried to get the depth of women's relationships to leap off a page or transmit on to our screens.

Why WE Want You

Sophie Walker | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Politics
Sophie Walker

Being a candidate for the Women's Equality Party is about being a pioneer. We want to shape a new kind of politics. WE are looking for people who share our values and demonstrate them in their everyday lives; people who thrive on variety, relish bringing the best out of people and are committed to standing up for what's right and fair.

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

Natasha Stromberg | Posted 24.11.2016 | 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 workpla...

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

Mims Davies | Posted 30.10.2016 | 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 14.09.2016 | 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 13.09.2016 | 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 19.08.2016 | 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 28.07.2016 | 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 15.07.2016 | 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 17.05.2016 | 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 15.05.2016 | 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 07.05.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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.