Members of PSA Women and Politics group say ‘The problem is not with women but with the political parties’
Claire Annesley, Rosie Campbell, Sarah Childs, Catherine Durose, Elizabeth Evans, Francesca Gains, Meryl Kenny, Fiona Mackay, Rainbow Murray, Liz Richardson and other members of the UK Political Studies Association (PSA) Women and Politics group.
This last week has seen the issue of women’s representation in Parliament hit the headlines, once again: Samantha Cameron apparently lamented the lack of women in politics to her husband; mid-week, job-shares for MPs were put forward as a new way to increase the number of women in the UK Parliament and there have been calls for quotas for the National Assembly for Wales. Over the weekend the Liberal Democrats launched two inquiries into the alleged sexual harassment of prospective women candidates and this Monday the 2013Sex and Power Report was published, documenting the ‘shocking’ absence of women from all areas of public life. The findings of Sex and Power may be ‘shocking’ but they did not come as a shock to feminists. Enough is enough, it’s time that the Coalition Government stepped up and implemented the recommendations of the 2008-10 Speaker’s Conference on Parliamentary Representation…. (click link above for full article)
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Political commentary by Dr. Rainbow Murray (outgoing Women and Politics Convenor)
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Recorded on 23 April 2012 in Old Theatre, Old Building.Speaker(s): Victoria Borwick, Jenny Jones, Ken Livingstone, Brian Paddick Chair: Ceri Goddard In the run up to the London mayoral elections, the Fawcett Society has invited the leading mayoral campaigns to debate what they will do for London’s four million women…This event will allow the audience to hear from the leading campaigns and ask: What About Women?
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Women’s Legislative Recruitment: no simple explanation, no single panacea (electoral-reform.org.uk) by Rosie Campbell & Sarah Childs
Five myths about female voters (washingtonpost.com)
Playing Politics With Poli Sci (insidehighered.com)
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Leaked memo on support from women for the coalition government 13 September 2011 (The Guardian) Document, marked ‘restricted-policy’, on how to get more support from women was written by officials in Number 10 and circulated to government departments