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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
UK names first woman US ambassador
The government has named Dame Karen Pierce as the new ambassador to the US. Dame Karen - who is currently the UK's permanent representative to the United Nations - will become the first woman in the post. She replaces Sir Kim Darroch, who resigned...
Monday, February 17, 2020
'Be yourself': Ex-British PM Theresa May advises women in politics
Be yourself" is the advice former British prime minister Theresa May gave to the Global Women's Forum in Dubai on Monday (Feb 17), explaining how she had risen to the top job despite refusing to conform to masculine traditions in politics. "I did my...
Friday, February 07, 2020
When it comes to women in politics, numbers matter – but policies matter even more
By James Kirkup, Predicting reshuffles is a mug’s game, but few at Westminster will be surprised if next month’s shake-up of ministerial jobs sees several women leave the cabinet. Justly or otherwise – and such things are rarely fair – the current...
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
UK: What's it like being an MP in your twenties?
“I liked it when my Twitter was just mine and it was only my friends”, says Amy Callaghan. “I could tweet about far more mundane things, more about what I was watching on Netflix than the political matters of the day.” Callaghan is 27 years old, and...
Monday, January 13, 2020
Women still missing from top ranks of business, politics and law
Men still dominate the most senior roles in public life and the UK is “generations away” from achieving gender equality, according to a report published on Monday. The 2020 Sex and Power Index compiled by the Fawcett Society, a charity campaigning...
Friday, January 03, 2020
Women in politics have brought about hope in a time of turbulence
By Jess Phillips, A picture at the recent NATO summit in London showed the Queen surrounded by leaders of powerful international allies. Of the 31 world leaders, six were women. Men in dark suits took up the rest of the space, and women around the...
Friday, December 27, 2019
Equal Power coalition launched in the UK to transform women's representation in politics
In the general election, 220 women MPs were elected, pushing women’s representation in parliament up  from 32 per cent to 34 per cent - placing the UK 36th in the word between Belarus and Monaco. The Fawcett Society says that while we must celebrate...
Thursday, December 26, 2019
2019 UK Election: Analysis shows increase in women MPs but most are in opposition
A record number of women presented themselves for office ahead of the UK’s 2019 election. A total of 37% of candidates were female – an improvement of eight percentage points over the number of women standing in 2017 (29%) and 11 percentage points...
Friday, December 13, 2019
Record number of female MPs have won seats in UK general election
More women MPs have been elected to the House of Commons than ever before, according to the Press Association news agency, breaking the previous record of 208 set in 2017. With one constituency yet to declare, a record 221 women MPs have been...
Thursday, December 12, 2019
‘If you’re a female MP, people intimidate you in the hope you will shut up and go away’
With the general election - arguably our most toxic one ever - only hours away, Marisa Bate investigates the grim reality of female MPs facing daily death and rape threats, installing panic buttons at home and asks three candidates running for re-...
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
UK: Why are women less visible during the 2019 election?
Every general election is haunted by the ghosts of campaigns past. The most significant spectre in 2019 has to be Nancy Astor, who on 1 December 1919 was the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons as an elected member of parliament –...
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
The Tories have a record number of female candidates – in seats they can’t win
By Caroline Molloy, In what has otherwise been a pretty dispiriting election campaign, we were given one bit of seemingly good news at the outset. Record numbers of female parliamentary candidates are standing for election this year. Labour had...
Friday, December 06, 2019
’Sit down & shut up’: Why women in politics are quitting at an alarming rate
By Vicky Spratt, "Not now love. We've got bigger fish to fry. We just need to get Brexit done. Okay. That’s what we’re hearing day in, day out from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his closest allies. Nothing is more important than Brexit – not the ...
Friday, December 06, 2019
Threats and abuse change how female candidates campaign in U.K. election
By Megan Specia, The campaign office is deliberately inconspicuous — tucked above a salon through an unmarked doorway in a 1970s-era shopping center. There are no campaign posters in the windows. Two cameras are trained on the entrance. The door...
Monday, December 02, 2019
A century after lady Astor took her seat in Parliament, how have British politics changed for women?
A century ago, Nancy Astor made the train journey from her constituency in Plymouth, a city on the coast of southwest England, to London. There, on Dec. 1, 1919, she took her seat in Parliament — the first woman in British history to do so. When she...
Friday, November 29, 2019
Women have been a lot less visible in this UK general election campaign – why?
Every general election is haunted by the ghosts of campaigns past. The most significant spectre in 2019 has to be Nancy Astor, who on December 1 1919 was the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons as an elected member of the UK...
Friday, November 29, 2019
100 years of women reporting in Westminster
On 1 December 1919 a female MP took a seat in the House of Commons for the first time. Political correspondent Kate Proctor went on a mission to find out more about the first women who reported from the press gallery that day, and the many that...
Monday, November 18, 2019
Record number of women to stand as candidates in UK election
A record number of female candidates are expected to stand in next month’s UK general election. More than 1,100 women have registered as candidates across political divides, making up 34 per cent of the total number of candidates. This number marks...