Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Tories can’t win without women, so why the disdain? Women Tory MPs plot revolution at Fawcett Society, Fawcett Society response: Don’t shoot the messenger

The Tories can’t win without women, so why the disdain? The Guardian In the carpeted halls of Tory party conference, a place that smelt of exhausted sandwiches and spoke only to itself, the Tory problem with women was explicit. They were there, it is true, in small numbers and bright colours, so the photographers could find them without recourse to maps or shovels. Samantha Cameron mounted the stage after her husband’s speech for a chaste kiss, eerily channelling Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, and a swift circular belly rub – the gruesome fecundity shot, I call it.

Women Tory MPs plot revolution at 150-year-old Fawcett Society Senior Conservative women MPs are plotting a revolution at the venerable Fawcett Society, a bastion of liberal thinking for the past 150 years. In the past few weeks several high-flying Tory female MPs have joined the society, a charity which campaigns for women’s rights and two years sued the Government saying the Budget was unfair to women. Members of the group have now formally asked for a Tory to join the Fawcett Society’s board of trustees, which is dominated by left wing figures.

Fawcett Society response: Don’t shoot the messenger Political neutrality key to our work Ceri Goddard, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, responds to suggestions the organisation is anything other than nonpartisan.  “Fawcett Society trustees are elected via a ballot of the full membership. Any Fawcett Society member – which includes men and women from all walks of life and MPs from all sides of the house  – may stand for election to the board. We make a point of publicly advertising vacancies, and actively encourage applications from all political backgrounds. The board are tasked with ensuring the Society is effectively managed, and also hold certain legal and financial duties.

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