Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Cameron dismisses Page 3 ban call. Female MPs: Publish gender pay gap at each rank. Get mothers back to work, Cameron urged.

Female MPs: Publish gender pay gap at each rank to tackle ‘women’s problem in business’ Telegraph.co.uk The proposals are contained within a report from the Conservative Women’s Forum, a group of female MPs investigating why too few women rise to the top of Britain’s companies.The report comes as the percentage of senior female executives running the UK’s top companies day-to-day is actually lower than in 2007, before the recession.

Since the Lord Davies report two years ago, which aimed to speed up progress on the number of women on boards, the number of female executive directors on listed UK boards is still woefully low and there are just three female FTSE 100 chief executives, the MPs will warn.

New report calls for coalition to bring forward tax-free childcare policy The Guardian This morning, the Conservative Women’s Forum launched a new report calling on government to bring forward the tax-free childcare policy to increase gender diversity on executive boards. The Executive Women in the Workplace report is aimed at reversing …

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David Cameron dismisses Caroline Lucas’s Page 3 ban call Metro David Cameron has rejected calls for the Sun newspaper to be banned in Parliament due to photos of topless women on page three. He was asked during prime minister’s questions by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas to stop the tabloid being made available …

Cameron Rejects Calls For The Sun To Be Banned From Parliament Huffington Post UK David Cameron has rejected calls for The Sun newspaper to be banned from parliament. During prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, Green MP Caroline Lucas said the tabloid’s Page Three feature that includes photographs of half-naked women was not acceptable.

“There is a link between the portrayal of women as sex objects in the media and greater acceptance of sexual harassment against women,” she said. Lucas said The Sun should not be sold in the Palace of Westminster until Page Three was scrapped. She asked Cameron to “have a word with his friend Rupert Murdoch” about the issue.

Duchess is like women having kids ‘to get handouts’ Ninemsn … he accused Conservative politicians of using the recession to justify cuts to the welfare state, the Telegraph reported. “In the tabloid press, so much is written about benefits abuses – young women having babies to get state handouts,” he …

Fast-track plan to get mothers back to work, Cameron urged The Times (subscription) … of business, according to a group of Conservative MPs seeking to woo female voters. A report by the Conservative Women’s Forum finds that the time when a woman returns to work is the “make-or-break period” when many talented staff fall by the wayside.

Alison Carnwath: ‘It’s lonely being only woman chairman in FTSE 100’ Telegraph.co.uk The report, by the Conservative Women’s Forum, comes as a separate study by the Department for Business select committee, a group of cross-party MPs, will today outline its own recommendations for feeding the pipeline of women to the top. It is …

Princess Kate Same As Young Women Who Get Pregnant To Receive Welfare … International Business Times Unison head Dave Prentis took aim at the heavily pregnant Duchess of Cambridge during a speech in which he accused Conservative politicians of using the recession to justify cuts to the welfare state, the Telegraph reported.

“In the tabloid press, so much is written about benefits abuses – young women having babies to get state handouts,” he reportedly said. “But conference, that’s enough on Kate Middleton.”

A spokesman for the union, which is a heavy backer of UK’s Labour opposition, has said the controversial remark was just a “joke”.

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