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UK: Feminist activists rally in Parliament, Europe has plenty – but where are all of Britain’s powerful women?

Feminist activists urge ‘women’s voices’ to be heard as they rally in Parliament BBC News Demonstrators, including the great-grand-daughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, have urged MPs to put “feminism at the heart of politics”. In a rally near Parliament, pressure groups called for action to limit the impact of austerity measures on

Suffragette’s great-granddaughter leads march on Parliament The Guardian In the shadow of the Houses are Parliament the chants were cheeky and insistent: “Hey Ho! Patriarchy has to go!” yelled hundreds of women, young and not so young, who had gathered for a mass lobby to protest against what they see as an erosion of women’s rights. They were joined by around a dozen “Olympic Suffragettes” who had performed in the Olympics opening ceremony, carrying banners with the slogan: “Deeds not words.”.”Leading them was Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, who said she believed her ancestors would have supported the modern-day feminist moveme.

Europe has plenty – but where are all of Britain’s powerful women? The Independent Britain has slipped in the international rankings on sexual equality because of a cut in the number of female government ministers, according to a study published today. Its conclusion will embarrass David Cameron, who once pledged that women would fill one-third of places in his government. Instead, fewer than 20 per cent of his ministers are female – and several were moved out of high-profile positions by Mr Cameron in last month’s reshuffle. Five government departments, including the Treasury, are now all-male.

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