Gender and Politics in the media

UK: 25% of Tories’ new women MPs could stand down in 2015. Fathers to share parental leave from 2015. Women MPs must man up.

Ukip politician: women with babies lack ambition to reach the top The Guardian A senior UK Independence party politician has said women with babies do not have … Stuart Agnew, a Ukip MEP, made the remarks in a debate about gender …

Ukip MEP Stuart Agnew Says Women Wanting Babies Lack … Huffington Post UK After being given a place on the Parliament’s Women’s Rights Committee he told journalists he wanted to deal with women’s issues because “I just don’t think …

A quarter of the Tories’ new women MPs could stand down in 2015 Conservative Home Laura Sandys will not be the last of the Tory women elected to the Commons in 2010 who steps down after serving only one term. A woman who knows many of these MPs well reckons another five or six could well decide to call it a day in 2015.

Sandys herself, who announced on Monday that because of “growing personal responsibilities” to her family she will not be standing again in South Thanet, was preceded by two other women who decided to leave the Commons. Lorraine Fullbrook announced in September that she will be standing down from South Ribble, which she won in 2010 having first contested the seat in 2005: “By May 2015, I will have given 12 years of my life to winning and serving this seat. That is long enough…”

Sarah Wollaston MP complained some women hardly spoke in parliament for fear of being ridiculed by men for their high-pitched voices. Photograph: Martin Godwin

Women MPs must man up. We need more battleaxes, fewer … The Guardian As yet another female Tory MP announces she is to stand down, the soul-searching has begun about why women still find life in the Commons so unbearable. Laura Sandys says she is leaving politics because of “family demands”. But the impression given is she is part of a growing exodus of recently elected women; “rising stars” forced out tragically early by the macho posturing in parliament.

Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP for Totnes, complained that some women hardly ever spoke in the chamber for fear of being ridiculed for their high-pitched voices. “One of my colleagues was mocked because, for some women, your voice starts to rise in pitch,” she explained. “Everyone was deriding her because her voice got higher and higher. It was so unkind and it’s very off-putting.”

Working couple: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and wife Miriam … Daily Mail Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will today unveil plans to allow new …Ministers say the measures will offer flexibility to modern families wherewomen are as …

Parental leave rights ‘will help women’ Herald Scotland WOMEN across the UK will no longer feel they have to choose between having a career and having children, Nick Clegg will insist today, as the Coalition …

Parental leave rights published ITV News … children to share leave equally have been published by the Government, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg saying the new rules will help women.

British couples to get increased paternity leave rights GlobalPost Britain announced Friday final details of a plan enabling couples to share parental leave after the birth of their child in a bid to help working mothers and give fathers more time with their children.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the proposals “challenge the old-fashioned assumption” that women should always be the parent that stays at home.

Working couples will be able to share any remaining leave and pay they have after the two-week recovery period mothers must take off after birth, according to details of the scheme published by the government.

At the moment, new mothers can take a maximum of 52 weeks off while fathers are entitled to two weeks of statutory paternity leave.

Maternity Leave: New Shared Rights Unveiled Key 103 Manchester … fought to stop last ditch attempts by their Conservative partners to drop the policy. … “Women deserve the right to pursue their goals and not feel they have to …

Fathers will be able to share parental leave from 2015 MadeForMums (blog) The Liberal Democrats outlined the proposals last year, as a way to helpwomen return to work and allow men to have more involvement with their babies.

Scotland’s Future view of women was from the 1950s Herald Scotland From launch to follow-up, Scotland’s Future was designed to appeal to wary voters in general and indie-sceptic women voters in particular. So why did it come …

Labour list snubs votes claim woman Irvine Herald A Scottish Labour spokesman said: “We are delighted that the Labourmembers of Falkirk will have three very talented women to pick from when they come …

Five tips for gender diversity your company can implement now The Guardian We talk about initiatives such as flexible working or childcare as women’s issues, when in fact the issues affect both sexes. As Melsa Ararat, director at the …

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