Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Cameron launches local election campaign. Clegg Calls For More Women, Disabled, Gay And Ethnic Minority MPs. Green Party hires Madwomen for female-focused spot.

David Cameron’s war on women: Female jobless total set to hit record 1.5m due … Mirror.co.uk David Cameron’s austerity drive is set to leave 1.5 million women out of work – the highest ever total. Women’s unemployment has already hit a 25-year high of 1.07 million. Since the end of the recession in 2010 the number of out of work men has fallen …

David Cameron says the Conservatives’ campaign will focus on cost-of-living, pointing to council tax freezes in some Tory-controlled councils. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

David Cameron launches Tories’ local election campaign Observer David Cameron has launched the Conservatives’ local election campaign amid pressure from close allies to take a harder line on immigration and welfare. The prime minister used a rally in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, on Friday to outline a campaign that will …

Cameron frames elections as red-blue battle Yorkshire Post PRIME Minister David Cameron lashed out at “waste” by Labour councils as he launched the party’s local elections campaign yesterday. Sheffield City Council was attacked by the Conservative leader for employing 391 staff earning more than £50,000 as he …

Cameron Braced for Big Election Losses to Farage’s Ukip IBTimes.co.uk David Cameron faces the loss of hundreds of Tory seats as voters turn against the Conservatives in May’s local council elections. Nigel Farage’s right-wing UK Independence Party (Ukip) has most to gain from the anticipated voter revolt in “true blue …

Clegg Admits Lib Dems Aren’t Diverse Enough: Calls For More Women … Huffington Post UK Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has admitted his party is not diverse enough and says there needs to be more Lib Dem role models for disabled people, women, ethnic minorities and gay people. He has insisted his party must broaden its appeal if it is …

Lib Dems need more diversity, says Nick Clegg The Guardian (blog) Only seven of the Lib Dems’ 56 MPs are women. Clegg said: “This party is too male and that needs to change.” He added: “We need more Liberal Democrat role models for black and Asian boys and girls, for disabled boys and girls and for young gay men and …

NICK CLEGG SAYS LIB DEMS NEED MORE WOMEN Daily Star NICK CLEGG said the Lib Dems need more women in the party to succeed. Only seven of their 56 MPs are women, a figure the Deputy Prime Minister wants to improve. He insisted his party must broaden its appeal if it is to build on its by-election success …

Maria Miller, Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities. Photo: GEOFF PUGH

Women are being ‘under-utilised’, says Maria Miller Telegraph.co.uk Nick Clegg was last month confronted on live radio by a full-time mother angry that new childcare subsidies will be restricted to parents who go out to work. This week, new figures also revealed the number of “stay-at-home” mothers is at a record low …

Diane Abbott warns Miliband on immigration The Guardian Diane Abbott, Britain’s first black woman MP, has warned Ed Miliband not to indulge in “dog whistle” politics on immigration as Labour attempts to combat the rise of the UK Independence party. The shadow health minister, speaking on the eve of the 20th ..

Ed Miliband Forced to Explain His Thatcher Praise to Scottish Labour IBTimes.co.uk Addressing the Scottish Labour conference in Inverness today, Miliband will insist he was right to label the former Prime Minister “an extraordinary woman,” whom he “honoured” for her “personal achievements.” Miliband joined the tide of mourning after …

Thatcher’s Grip on U.K. Tories Undiminished by Her Death Bloomberg Prime Minister David Cameron is finding that his newest rank-and-file lawmakers, inspired by policies Thatcher pursued in the 1980s, are defying him as they bid to stop him yielding too much to his Liberal Democrat coalition partners. Cameron, the …

How Margaret Thatcher Advanced Women’s Liberation Reason As a politician, Thatcher did not focus on “women’s issues”—partly because, notes historian Amanda Foreman, she had to avoid being pigeonholed into a female political ghetto. (Because of that, Foreman says, she gave up her early effort while in …

Green Party hires Madwomen for female-focused spot CampaignLive Specialist agency Madwomen provided strategy and creative for the party broadcast, which aims to attract female voters without alienating men…

Ireland:

Why do we have so few women in politics? Irish Independent The woeful imbalance has resulted in gender quotas being launched in the Dáil, whereby parties will be required to field at least 30pc female candidates in elections or face serious financial penalties. But are quotas the answer? Are Irish women being …

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