Gender and Politics in the media

Whose is the biggest boys’ club: Cameron’s or Obama’s? Are women less susceptible to corruption?

Lib Dems reject David Cameron’s plan to lure overseas pupils to UK The Guardian A radical proposal by David Cameron to offer places at academies and free schools to overseas pupils as part of a “new education export strategy” to repair damage done by the government’s student visa restrictions will be fiercely resisted by Liberal Democrats, narrowing its chances of becoming official policy.

A Lib Dem source said they would try to quash several of the policies floated by the prime minister in a letter to universities and science minister David Willetts dated 1 July.

Barack Obama and David Cameron playing ping pong earlier this year.

Whose is the biggest boys’ club: Cameron’s or Obama’s? The numbers show that while the US had made strides, the UK still leads the way.

In May 2013 the library of the House of Commons published a note that shows that while 20 per cent of the Senate and 18 per cent of the House of Representatives are female, 22 per cent of the Commons are women, a small lead – but it’s still a lead.

That note also revealed that while the UK was 65th in the world for female representation in parliament, the United States was 96th, languishing behind countries such as Uzbekistan, Honduras, and Indonesia. (interestingly the country with the highest proportion of elected women was Rwanda.)

You might also remember that in the UK we’ve had a female prime minister, while the US have never even had a women on the ballot for either the Democrats or the Republicans.

We do have many problems here at home, as I have written before. British politics puts bizarre time and personal constraints on politicians, and is also set up to be highly confrontational. Moreover, a study out yesterday, showed British women lagging behind men in terms of political knowledge – which is directly linked to a lack of female representation. But amazingly, despite the liberalism of President Barack Obama, David Cameron’s boys’ club is actually smaller and by comparison, more open to female membership.

However, while politics this side of the pond is hardly female friendly, I know where I’d rather run for office.

Are women less susceptible to corruption? Daily Mirror A World Bank study held in 150 countries covering Europe, Africa and Asia confirmed that when there is  a higher representation of women in government , there were lower levels of corruption. Transparency International undertook a study covering 60,000 households in over than 60 countries and the conclusion was that women on the whole were less likely than men to pay bribes.

Women, your country needs you in Westminster Professor Kaori Hayashi, a (female) academic who worked on the study, explains why this unwelcome news should come as no surprise: “Under-representation and topical bias of women in news media may curb women’s motivation to acquire political …

Campaigners for women on banknotes to stage march ITV News Campaigners dressed as inspirational women from history will converge on the Bank of England today to deliver a 30,000-strong petition calling for better female representation on banknotes. Costumed campaigners will march to the Bank of England in the …

Juliet Dunlop: Gender respect needed more than ever Scotsman And, as long as women are substantially under-represented in public life, they’ll be less likely to engage with politics. Remember, even in the UK, where gender equality ratings are high, only 23 per cent of MPs are women. So, has a new political …


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