Women's Representation

27 Apr 2017

Where are the women in May's local election?

Jess Blair highlights the problem of diversity ahead of next week’s council elections. Since the Prime Minister’s unexpected announcement of a General Election last week there’s been little time to talk of anything else. Our 24 hour news cycle is now dominated by images of May, Corbyn et al traveling the country and trying to persuade us voters that they are the right choice to lead after June […]
25 Apr 2016

A stagnating Senedd?

Mae fersiwn Cymraeg o’r blog yma ar gael yma // A Welsh-language version of this blog is available here Read ‘ Women in the National Assembly ’ here In general, diversity in Parliaments is on the rise across the UK and the world. But it’s by no means inevitable, or uniform – and making our often archaic institutions reflect the public they represent takes hard work. So it’s always disappointing […]
8 Mar 2016

Which Women Win? The 2015 English local elections

This is a guest post by James Winterbotham, University of Exeter James Winterbotham is an undergraduate student of social sciences and data analysis at the University of Exeter. As part of a team working with the University's Q-Step Centre, he has collected and analysed the results of the 2015 local elections. While the proportion of women in Parliament went up last May (from 22% to 29%), 2015’s […]
14 Oct 2015

Good, but not enough

“Since women were first able to stand for Parliament in 1918 just 450 have been elected. Well over half of those women have only been elected in 1997 or since, and it was not until that year that the percentage of women MPs even reached double figures.” So begins the Counting Women In coalition’s new report launched today, ‘ Sex and Power 2015 ’. Written by the Centre for Women & Democracy’s […]
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14 May 2015

More women in Westminster

Back in early March, we launched our report ‘ Women in Westminster ’. In it, we predicted the number of female MPs who’d be elected, based on the percentage of female candidates parties were putting forward in winnable seats and their likelihood of being elected. We guessed that 192 women would enter Parliament. The result? There are now 191 female MPs – an accuracy rate of over 99%! That’s […]
13 Mar 2015

Women in Westminster

One of the chief reasons why people are increasingly alienated from our politics is the fact that Westminster looks so little like the people it is there to represent. At the moment, barely one in five MPs are women, which simply isn’t good enough. We desperately need to see more women in Parliament, and a general election gives parties a chance to correct the imbalance. A new Electoral Reform […]
29 Sep 2014

Cheryl Gillan on women in politics

This is a guest post by Cheryl Gillan, Conservative MP for Chesham and Amersham and former Secretary of State for Wales. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the Electoral Reform Society. When I was asked to write this blog, the invitation came as a result of my having been the first ever female Secretary of State for Wales […]
17 Jul 2014

Not good enough

As the dust settles on the Government reshuffle, you would be forgiven for thinking that the genders are now fairly represented on the front benches. Nothing could be further from the truth. Despite this week's high-profile promotions, the Prime Minister has failed to meet his pledge that by the end of this parliament a third of his ministers would be female . By any measure, the government – and […]
3 Jul 2014

Women and indyref

This blog was first posted on Engender As the date of the referendum draws ever nearer, and the gender gap in the polls shows no sign of closing , there seem to be more events targeting women and their opinions. Which is great: women’s voices should be heard in the referendum debate. One such event held last week was organised by ACOSVO and the ESRC-funded ‘Future of UK and Scotland’ programme. […]
11 Apr 2014

A bad week for women

What a dispiriting week for women. Following Maria Miller’s resignation, just three out of 22 Cabinet ministers are females – putting the UK government at a 15-year low and near rock bottom in comparison with other European governments. As the Counting Women In coalition has said, we’re going backwards not forwards on women’s representation. David Cameron is now almost certain to fail his own […]