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Monday, January 18, 2016
The Guardian: Why the new women and work all-party parliamentary group matters
This article was originally published by The Guardian here. It is written by UK MPs Flick Drummond and Jesse Phillips.   As part of our job as MPs we regularly hold meetings with chief executives, charity and business leaders and campaign groups,...
Minister for Justice and Equality-Frances Fitzgerald
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Is not having children the price women pay for political success?
There are many advocates for gender quotas to help women advance in politics - including front-bench politicians like Frances Fitzgerald. But sometimes events overtake arguments, and the astonishing rise of Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of...
Younger women and the 2015 election
Monday, November 24, 2014
Millennials, not Mumsnet: Younger women and the 2015 election (United Kingdom)
Should politicians be appearing on programmes like the X Factor to reach new audiences? Or should they be breaking down complex political subjects and putting them in simpler terms to get more potential voters interested? These were some of the...
Girls Matter
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Girl guides venture into the political jungle: Movement calls for school lessons in 'body confidence' and equal numbers of men and women in Parliament in first manifesto
The Girl Guides once taught young women to cope away from civilisation with camping trips and nature skills. Now, they are more concerned with helping them face the challenges of modern life. The youth group yesterday took its first step into...
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Forget quotas for women Members of Parliament – time to limit the number of men
Rebecca Naden/PA Wire When we talk about “gender quotas”, what we really mean is quotas for women. We see the under-representation of women as the problem that needs fixing. So we try to explain why there aren’t more women in politics, then look at...
Baroness Warsi
Monday, August 11, 2014
Why British women need a diplomatic coup
Photo-Getty Images How ironic that Sayeeda Warsi should make her dramatic exit from the Foreign Office just as it is struggling to shake off decades of prejudice against women diplomats. Baroness Warsi had seemed to be a beacon of equality: a woman...
Dido Harding, Karren Brady, Nosheena Mobarik and Joanna Shields
Sunday, August 10, 2014
David Cameron brings tranche of young, tech-friendly women into the House of Lords (UK)
From top left, clockwise: Dido Harding, Karren Brady, Nosheena Mobarik and Joanna Shields  Photo: PA/Bloomberg A host of young, digitally savvy women are being made peers by David Cameron including the head of telecoms company and a former Google...
Monday, July 21, 2014
Lucy Powell-British Member of Parliament: We need to have even more women entering politics
Women in politics is high on the agenda this week after David Cameron's reshuffle which his own spin doctors rather unfortunately dubbed a ‘catwalk reshuffle’. More women ministers is a welcome development but with just half as many women in his...
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Lib Dem all-women shortlist considered post-2015, United Kingdom
The Lib Dems could introduce positive discrimination to redress the party's gender and ethnic imbalance, one of its cabinet ministers has said. Seven of the the Lib Dems' 57 MPs are women - numerically and proportionally the fewest of the three...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Liberal Democrats and lack of women MPs in Westminster, United Kingdom
Former Education Minister Sarah Teather's decision to stand at the next general election highlighted a long-running problem for the Liberal Democrats. The party only has seven women MPs, and five of those are in the party's 12 most vulnerable seats...
Monday, September 02, 2013
The women of Greenham Common taught a generation how to protest, United Kingdom
It is often said that the protest at Greenham Common was ineffectual. The eventual closure of the US base at Newbury is deemed to have been an almost inadvertent side effect of much more important (ie male) political forces. In this version of...