Gender and Politics in the media

So who is the most powerful woman in Britain? Helena Kennedy: ‘Women’s struggles are not over’

Stella McCartney, Camila Batmanghelidjh and Nina Gold. Getty Images; Susannah Ireland

So who is the most powerful woman in Britain? The Independent More than 33 years after Margaret Thatcher first entered Downing Street, the BBC will respond to concerns over the lack of female representation in the upper echelons of British society by launching an unprecedented project to identify the 100 most …

Young women are speaking up for themselves –and it’s time politicians took notice The Guardian An MP who was once told to get out of a parliamentary lift because it wasn’t meant for the likes of her, told on Monday how one Twitter wag suggested she and her female colleagues get their “jugs out for the boys” as otherwise they were too awful to pay attention to.

Helena Kennedy: ‘Women’s struggles are not over’ The Guardian Baroness Helena Kennedy QC on the huge changes she has seen in the way the law treats women, and the ongoing battle to force the police to take domestic abuse seriously

Dress for Success: the charity quietly getting British women back into work Since the huge success of the Olympics, volunteering fever has swept the UK. Nobody really knew what Prime Minister David Cameron meant by the ‘Big Society’ but volunteering did seem to be a part of it – and brilliantly its happened in spite of his confusing PR bluster. However, one charity which has never needed to worry about attracting more volunteers is Dress For Success (DFS)– an organization which dresses and trains economically disadvantaged women for interviews in a bid to help them get back into work.

Women in the Boardroom: Will Quotas Work? Huffington Post (blog) A new initiative in the European Commission, led by Viviane Reding, proposes taking control of the issue. Ms. Reding argues that voluntary efforts have failed, and that waiting for the number of women in leadership to rise organically would take 40 to 50 years before reaching parity — 40 to 50 years that we simply don’t have.

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