Women in politics and public life

Data and Statistics

May 11, 2023

Women in politics and public life


House of commons

In both politics and public life in the UK, women have historically been underrepresented. In recent years women’s representation has increased, although in most cases men remain overrepresented, especially in more senior positions.

This briefing presents statistics on a range of positions in UK politics and public life held by women. Data on the demographic characteristics of different workforces tends to be limited, so it is not always possible to include intersectional analysis, for example, on disabled women or women from minority ethnic groups.  

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Elise Uberoi and Zoe Mansfield
House of Commons Library
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