Gender and Politics in the media

UK: First woman to take the helm of city’s Lib Dems. US: GOP presses agenda on ‘mommy blogs’. New glass ceiling for GOP women?

Coun Anita Lower has defended the introduction of the new computer system.

First woman to take the helm of Newcastle city council’s Lib Dems ChronicleLive A woman is to become the first female leader of the opposition of Newcastle City Council. Coun Anita Lower, who has represented the city for nearly 20 years and served as an executive member for six, will officially take over from current leader of the…

Businesswomen condemn UKIP MEP’s “crazy” views on hiring women London Loves Business A senior UKIP MEP has come under fire for suggesting that it was “received wisdom” among employers to avoid hiring women of childbearing age. This comes after Godfrey Bloom MEP, UKIP’s spokesperson on Economic Affairs and Women’s Issues, was forced to defend comments from 2004 in which he said that “no self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age”. “That isn’t politically correct, is it, but it’s a fact of life. The more women’s rights you have, it’s actually a bar to their employment.”

Prostitutes and the recession: How David Cameron’s cuts are affecting British women The Independent (blog) The sex industry like most others is feeling the effects of the credit crunch. But in a grim role-reversal, it’s not the booming industry that’s suffering but its workers. As the cost of living rises and wages remain ruefully stagnant, increasing 

GOP presses its agenda on ‘mommy blog’ sites USA TODAY (blog) WASHINGTON — House Republicans are targeting popular “mommy blog” websites in a digital ad campaign beginning Tuesday as part of an ongoing effort to repair the GOP’s image with certain voting blocs — in this case swing female voters — who have sided decisively with Democrats in recent elections.

Female voters in South Carolina still wary of Mark Sanford Alaska Dispatch The apparent failure so far by Sanford to win over conservative women voters looms large in the contest – arguably larger than Colbert Busch’s competent campaign or the broader philosophical and political issues in the race, including the debate about …

As gender equity rises, Ugandan women seek divorce WCHS-TV8 AP Interview: Malaysia’s Anwar says can win polls · Willem-Alexander to … Uganda is seeing a rise in the number of women seeking divorce, in part because of a more equal legal environment and increased education for women. Ugandan lawmakers are …

New glass ceiling for Republican women? Cheri Jacobus and Richard Fowler on the lack of women and minorities in top-level posts at the RNC.

A long road ahead for women leaders in the G20 The FINANCIAL While ratios of women represented in the public sector overall are generally higher in developed markets, the ratios of women in leadership roles varies widely across developed and emerging markets. Over half of Germany’s public sector is represented 

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