Professor Sarah Childs
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Professor of Politics and Gender, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

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This Ludicrous Obsession, Parents in Parliament: The Motherhood Trap

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2014 | (11:24)

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 how many women MPs there are, bedazzled by their bright clothing in the Chamber.1 In fact, men outnumber women by more than 4:1.

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Poor Women's Representation - 'Shocking But Not Surprising' - Don't Blame the Women

(2) Comments | Posted 28 February 2013 | (00:00)

Women's under representation in Parliament has well and truly hit the headlines: Samantha Cameron isn't happy about it; job-shares are suggested as the new solution; the Lib Dems face allegations of sexual harassment; and the 2013 Sex and Power Report confirms the 'shocking' but not surprising absence of women from...

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Job-Shares for MPs: A Step on the Way to Resolving a Major Problem

(9) Comments | Posted 22 February 2013 | (13:48)

In a blog on Wednesday Ruth Fox, from the Hansard Society, argued that job-shares for MPs are a marginal solution for a major problem. Dr Fox is right, introducing job shares will not solve the significant under-representation of women in the House of Commons overnight. To do that,...

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