Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Scottish independence poll: female vote favours No. Lib Dems should elect a female deputy leader.


First Minister Alex Salmond and his Deputy Nicola Sturgeon are still struggling to win over women voters. Picture: Robert Perry

Scottish independence poll: female vote favours No Scotland on Sunday The Yes campaign is still struggling to attract women voters to back independence, the latest polling evidence has shown. 

Support among women stands at 22%, compared with 30% among men, with about a third undecided among both groups.

Both Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon are failing to win over women voters, according to the TNS BMRB poll.

But the key figures in the No campaign also struggle with a negative perception among voters in Scotland, the poll shows. Just 13% like Prmie Minister David Cameron, including roughly equal proportions of men and women, while 11% of adults like Alistair Darling.

Tom Costley, head of TNS in Scotland said: “Politicians on both sides of the debate are finding it hard to break through to younger voters.”

Women follow the scarecrow, and embrace Labour The Guardian Not all revolutions happen suddenly. Some are slow but remorseless. One of these may be under way. It concerns the politics of gender. Historically, women have been slightly more Conservative than men, while men have tended to veer more towards Labour. The gap, though never huge, used to be sufficiently pronounced to have meant that male-only electorates would probably have returned Labour to power at every election from 1945 to 1974.

For the past two decades, the voting patterns of men and women have been similar. Labour’s landslide victory in 1997 was propelled, in part, by enthusiasm for Labour by women under 40, offsetting the Tories’ continuing hold on the loyalties of women over 60.

Gender ruling’s impact unequal Scotland on Sunday Women drivers have been hit by EU’s shake-up of car insurance, but they have benefited elsewhere

Women have been the biggest victims of a shake-up that took effect a year ago banning insurers from using gender as a factor when setting prices.

The cost of car insurance for young women has soared over the past 12 months, while hoped for reductions in life and protection insurance costs for women have failed to materialise.

The rules came into force on 21 December, 2012, after an EU directive removed the exemption of insurers from European gender equality principles. From that date, insurers were no longer allowed to take someone’s gender into consideration when setting their ­premiums.

Yes, yes, YES, Prime Minister: Cameron compared to women who …The Sun (subscription) DAVID Cameron was compared to diving footballers and women who fake orgasms in an extraordinary spat with Francois Hollande. The French …

The Lib Dems should elect a female deputy leader to address their … New Statesman While the world feigns indifference at the news that there is to be a new deputy leader of the Lib Dems, following Simon Hughes’s elevation into government (pretend all you like, but I know you care really), the party is buzzing with speculation about who will get the nod.

It’s a limited field – essentially Lib Dem MPs who are not part of the government– and already several names are being mooted. The right are pushing Jeremy Browne and already have a #teamjezza hashtag running. The left are pushing the activists’ favourite, Julian Huppert. Everyone’s wondering if Tim Farron will have another go (and if he needs the bother). And of course there’s the endless amusement the election of Nick Harvey would provide, given it does appear Nick Clegg is not his absolute favourite person. What fun their daily catch-ups would be.

But all of those folk, and most of the other names getting mentioned in dispatches – Duncan Hames, Stephen Gilbert, Andrew George  – have one thing in common. They’re blokes.

Number of older women out of work has soared 48% since the Tory … The number of older women thrown on the jobs scrapheap has soared 48% since the Tory-led Coalition took power.

But unemployment in men of the same age, 50 to 64, has fallen by 7% since 2010. The pay gap between the sexes over 50 has also widened with men earning 24% more, which is double the average for all age groups. Labour said women are “bearing the brunt” of the cost of living crisis and austerity.

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