UK: Cambridge dons: beat gender gap in top uni jobs. Mallika Sherawat brings gender inequality views to Oxford debate.

Who will replace David Cameron as Tory leader? Maybe a man you don’t expect The Guardian Slowly but surely, discreet campaigns to succeed David Cameron as Tory party leader are slipping through the gears. There is little loyalty amid the ambitions of Westminster. But even the prime minister’s closest allies recognise he has three big hurdles to jump in the next three years, with the European elections in May, the general election next year and the European referendum in 2017. They present a formidable challenge for the leader of a party that has never totally warmed to him.

Lib Dems ‘Desperately’ Trying To Appeal To Women, Says Lorely Burt Huffington Post UK “A woman in the top leadership team would have sent some very helpful signals for the party,” Lorely Burt agrees. It had been assumed the MP for Solihull had the job of Lib Dem deputy leader in the bag. But she lost. By one vote. To a man.

At the end of January Lib Dems chose veteran parliamentarian Sir Malcolm Bruce to replace Simon Hughes. The decision caught many observers off guard. The result was also not one Burt saw coming. “Yeah. I was surprised,” she freely admits during an interview with The Huffington Post UK. “Malcolm came into the race quite late, so there was already an expectation that I was going to win even before he came in.”

Leading Cambridge dons call for a new approach to beat the gender gap in top university jobs The Independent Leading Cambridge academics are today calling for a shake-up in appointments procedures in order to give talented women as better chance of securing top jobs.

Fifty senior academics at the university, including heads of colleges and departments, are appealing for a broader and more inclusive approach to selecting personnel for senior positions.

Their plea is made against a background where statistics show there are four male professors for every female professor in UK universities. This is despite women representing 45 per cent of the workforce.

They argue that conventional methods of achieving success in academia, based on papers published in leading academic journals or the size and frequency of research grants, appear to benefit men more than women.

Only Angela Merkel can save David Cameron now Spectator.co.uk British politicians still prize a visit from the President of the United States above all others. Yet no American President has been as important to a British Prime Minister, in domestic political terms, as the German Chancellor is to David Cameron. Angela Merkel is the person who can both help him keep his party together as it approaches the next election and then, with luck, deliver his promised renegotiation of Britain’s EU membership. For Cameron, Merkel — far more than Barack Obama — is the indispensable ally.

 

MAALIKA SHERAWAT ON THE RED CARPET

Mallika Sherawat brings gender inequality views to Oxford debate FansShare Mallika Sherawat has accepted an invitation to visit Oxford University andparticipate in a debate about her views concerning gender inequality in India. For any person this would be a major coup but especially for Mallika Sherawat, a celebrated Bollywood actress and past fashion model who is considered one of the most attractive women in Bollywood. Mallika Sherawat is known for being outspoken about gender inequality in India and in accepting this invitation she will have the opportunity to participate in a debate in the same setting that the leaders of many great nations have voiced their opinions on various subjects.

WI hears about women’s plight around the world Morpeth Herald HEPSCOTT WI was pleased to welcome Julie Porksen to its meeting. Julie is a trustee for Build Africa and Ashray. She has been selected by Liberal Democrats to be their Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick.

Julie talked about her work for Women in International Development and painted an emotive picture of the lives of those she has worked with. She began working for Christian Aid in Peru and was there during the Armenian flood disaster. While working for the Marie Stopes Trust, she was part of a team sent to research, assess and develop women’s health in areas including Bangladesh and Yemen. The reality of life for many women shone through Julie’s descriptions. She engaged everyone with her passion and her ability to lighten the tone with humorous personal anecdotes.

Council can’t afford losing women’s voice London Free Press We all know women who are leaders. These women have experiences that could vastly improve our community. They would make exceptional city councillors or could even lead our city as mayor. We need to ask these women to run for office.

When women’s voices aren’t equally represented on council, issues that strongly impact women cannot be adequately addressed. Transit, community safety and accessibility are a few top-of-mind examples.

One woman’s experience, trying to shuffle her children to and from school on public transit, is one we can benefit from. She can breathe new life into our transit policies, making it easier for all of us to get around.

One woman’s experience, being harassed in poorly-lit public spaces, is one we can benefit from. She can lead improved safety measures that will keep all of us safe.

Close civil service gender pay gap, Labour urges government BBC News The government should close the gap between salaries paid to men and women for equivalent civil service jobs, Labour has said. Research by the party suggests senior female civil servants are paid an average of 5% less than men at the same grade.

Shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero said the government should set an example on pay in its own workforce. The Cabinet Office said it was urging Whitehall to address pay anomalies.

According to ONS figures for the wider economy, the gap between the earnings of men and women increased for the first time since 2008 to 10% in 2012-13. The previous year, it had been 9.5% – and had been falling every year since 2008 before that.

Ladies-only list for Labour Fife Today The Labour Party hopes to draw up an all-women selection of potential replacements for local MP Lindsay Roy within around six weeks.

This follows a controversial decision by an organisation sub-group on the party’s national executive committee (NEC) to choose female-only prospective candidates to defend Glenrothes and Central Fife at the 2015 General Election.

Mr Roy, who won the seat in 2010 with a majority of 16,448 over the SNP and more than 62 per cent of the vote, is stepping down next year and the move is in line with a party policy to increase the number of women in Westminster.

However, the Glenrothes Constituency Labour Party (CLP) had wanted an open short list, containing male and female nominees, presenting all suitable candidates on an equal basis.

Labour’s black members revolt over ‘witch hunt’ The Voice Online BLACK LABOUR members have accused its own party of discrimination amid an ongoing campaign against a black woman chosen to stand in upcoming local elections in south London.

In an almost unprecedented move, BAME Labour has openly condemned the actions of the Lambeth Campaign Forum – the body which helps the party to screen applicants in Dulwich and West Norwood, Vaxuhall and Streatham.

It follows the long-running saga of political hopeful Adeline Aina who came third in a democratic vote for the opportunity to contest a seat in Larkhall ward – one of 21 neighbourhoods in the borough.

US

In NC politics, women are noticeably absent News & Observer A recent N&O front page featured a photo of a beaming Gov. Pat McCrory surrounded by Rep. Thom Tillis, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Sen. Phil Berger, Rep. John Faircloth and Guilford Schools’ Superintendent Maurice Green. The photo accompanied an article about the proposed salary increase for teachers with fewer than 10 years’ experience.

Notice something? No women.

Perhaps it was just the angle of the photo. A photo from the event taken from a different angle showed two unidentified women standing behind McCrory. One TV station’s coverage showed a third woman off to the side.

But consider the men: leaders of our state, all of them worthy of identification by name and title. The few women were not afforded the same treatment.

Network Encourages Women In Politics KUMV It’s been 94 years since the 19th Amendment was passed, which states the right to vote shall not be denied by the United States on account of sex. Big steps have been taken in gender equality since that time in 1920. But one area where there is still a large gap between men and women is in the political arena.

Tuesday, the North Dakota Women’s Network spoke with Minot State University students about getting more women excited and involved in politics.

According to the network, gender biases do exist, but getting more women involved in local and state government will help diversify the pool of voices and offer better ideas for change.

Mace speaks GOP to women Greenwood Index Journal Nancy Mace has never been one to shy away from a challenge. That willingness to fight is serving her well at the moment, as she is attempting to defeat incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, as well as a host of other GOP candidates, in a June primary.
Mace, of Charleston, was the guest speaker Monday afternoon during the regular meeting of the Republican Women of Greenwood County.

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