Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Is gender equality ruining your sex life? Cameron – more dinners with a Michael than a woman. Women ‘shut out’ of senior civil service.

Yes, David Cameron IS more likely to have dinner with a Michael than a woman During Question Time last week it was claimed that David Cameron has had more dinners with men named Michael than he has with women*. We couldn’t believe it. So we checked.

David Cameron’s Conservative party are accused of having a “woman problem”, summed up in one picture at Prime Minister’s Questions last week. In truth, no major Westminster party is doing great at attracting and retaining women MPs, but we’ve confirmed another quirk of the Conservative’s supporter base.

Last year, David Cameron had more fund-raising dinners with men called Michael then he did with any women.

And he had more fund-raising dinners with men called David than he did with any women.

And he had more fund-raising dinners with men called John then he did with any women.

Cameron has had more dinners with people called David than women London Loves Business On Thursday’s BBC Question Time, Labour MP Tessa Jowell said the Prime Minister had had more dinners with men called Michael than with women.

Women ‘shut out’ of senior civil service: Fewer now reach top jobs than when the Coalition was … Daily Mail 

Women are being ‘shut out’ of top jobs in the civil service, with even fewer being promoted to the upper levels than when the Coalition came in.

As David Cameron was accused of failing to promote enough women into his cabinet, new figures show they are also woefully under-represented in Whitehall and the diplomatic service.

Only 27 per cent of permanent secretaries – the top civil servant in a department – appointed in the past three years has been female, and senior women have left their posts to be replaced by men.

Is gender equality ruining your sex life? Daily Life …The latest argument to arise is one so ludicrous in its premise that it even has me perplexed. In an article in the New York Times, author and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb asks whether couples in more egalitarian partnerships (or ‘peer marriages’) have less satisfying sex lives.

Despite there being no real evidence to support this assertion (aside from a 20 year old study which, as Gottlieb herself admits, is not fully reliable as a data source), a good 1000+ words are spent exploring whether or not gender equality slays the sexual beast. And here’s the twist – it’s women not men whose boners are suffering as a result of chores traditionally coded as female being taken up by men.

Clever, Gottlieb, clever.

Charlotte Leslie: ‘Women are people, not political commodities’ Do the Conservatives have a problem with women? No. Cutting through the playground noise of PMQs for a second to look at the facts, whilst the …

Spotlight on all-women shortlists Stornoway Gazette Female politicians from around the world are to visit the Scottish Parliament to discuss the representation of women in politics.

A conference in March will explore the effectiveness of all-women shortlists, equality campaigns and how female political participation is reported in the media.

Around 40 female parliamentarians, including some from the UK, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands and South Africa, will take part in the event which is the first organised by the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Steering Committee.

Speakers will discuss their experiences in public office and the challenges facing female political candidates and serving politicians.

Concern grows over lack of female non-executive directors in UK Financial Times In 2011, a government report by Lord Davies, the former trade minister, set a target of 25 per cent femaleboard representation by 2015. However …

Chuka Umunna: Labour Could Introduce Boardroom Quotas for Women and Ethnic Minorities International Business Times UK The Labour Party could introduce quotas to promote more women and ethnic minorities on to the boards of UK businesses, if it gains power in 2015.

The Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna warned that if the party did not see enough progress on increasing diversity in British boardrooms, Labour would consider introducing “more prescriptive measures, such as quotas”.

“The continued existence of a glass ceiling for women and ethnic minorities in our boardrooms is undeniable and unacceptable,” Umunna said.

“Whilst advances on non-executive appointments in recent years have been welcome, progress on executive positions has been lamentable.”

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