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Missing Women: It’s Time for Legislative Quotas in British Politics

Rosie Campbell, Sarah Childs, Meryl Kenny and the other members of the UK Political Studies Association (PSA) Women and Politics Specialist Group Last week the Counting Women In coalition published its 2014 report into Sex and Power in the UK. Yet again women will be reading that they are under-represented in British politics: at Westminster,… Continue reading Missing Women: It’s Time for Legislative Quotas in British Politics

Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Lib Dems, parental leave and flexible working. Old Etonians, Red Princes: Tories, Labour revert to dynastic politics.

Old Etonians and Red Princes: Tories and Labour are reverting to dynastic politics Telegraph.co.uk (blog) ...Cameron's trouble is that his chumocracy is overlaid with more than a whiff of class privilege that most of us thought had disappeared from politics 40 years ago. Since the 1970s the composition of prime ministers' kitchen cabinets has been remarkably diverse.… Continue reading UK: Lib Dems, parental leave and flexible working. Old Etonians, Red Princes: Tories, Labour revert to dynastic politics.

Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Feminism has wreaked havoc – time for women to hit back. Gender gap gives No camp some independence polling power.

Record View: Gender gap gives No camp some independence polling power Scottish Daily Record TODAY'S exclusive Daily Record poll on independence makes fascinating reading. It shows Alex Salmond faces a formidable challenge to secure a Yes vote in September’s referendum. With just six months to go, the First Minister needs to convince almost every remaining undecided voter to back his plan to break… Continue reading UK: Feminism has wreaked havoc – time for women to hit back. Gender gap gives No camp some independence polling power.

Gender and Politics in the media

How Conservative Media’s Slut-Shaming Helped Inspire Scientific Study. People ‘less apathetic’ to female leaders.

How Conservative Media's Slut-Shaming Helped Inspire A Scientific Study Media Matters for America (blog) New research confirms that providing women access to free birth control does not result in women having sex with more partners -- a false claim that ... A conservative 'war on women'? That's just silly Fox News The idea of a conservative "war on women" is as silly as the propaganda I was taught in college: Aside from… Continue reading How Conservative Media’s Slut-Shaming Helped Inspire Scientific Study. People ‘less apathetic’ to female leaders.

Gender and Politics in the media

Why you should talk politics on your first date. Gender inequality crucial to winning battle against poverty.

6 Liberal Democrat Leadership Contenders Who Could Replace Nick Clegg Huffington Post Jo Swinson - Business Minister UK With only seven female MPs the Lib Dems have a 'women problem' that arguably runs deeper than the Conservative Party's troubles - Swinson could be the answer to that. If Clegg steps down the 34-year-old business minister will be able to point… Continue reading Why you should talk politics on your first date. Gender inequality crucial to winning battle against poverty.

Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Meet the Tory aide who thinks feminists ‘deserve a good slap’. Ire: Dublin Councillor calls for 50% of seats to go to women in local elections

https://twitter.com/guardiannews/status/443308790700863488   Meet the Tory who thinks feminists 'deserve a good slap' Metro It turns out Ukip don’t have a monopoly on embarrassingly unprofessional loudmouths. A Conservative MP’s aide has been forced to quit his job after saying feminists ‘deserve a good slap’. Stewart Green, the election agent for David Burrowes MP, has stepped aside after a… Continue reading UK: Meet the Tory aide who thinks feminists ‘deserve a good slap’. Ire: Dublin Councillor calls for 50% of seats to go to women in local elections

Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Cameron to host summit on FGM and forced marriage. How Labour will strengthen family life and relationships.

How Labour will strengthen family life and relationships New Statesman Today, Labour’s Policy Review is running a symposium on family life and relationships. In this period of austerity, we need to support families, and use the power of their relationships and the networks they create to help strengthen people’s capacity for resilience,  care, and good neighbourliness. We are building… Continue reading UK: Cameron to host summit on FGM and forced marriage. How Labour will strengthen family life and relationships.