PSA Women and Politics Member Claire McGing (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) reflects on the 2014 European Elections in the Republic of Ireland, and asks whether we are seeing the emergence of a 'new' (and feminized) Sinn Féin. ** Recent studies document the increasing feminisation of political parties with a long-standing ‘woman problem’. Sarah Childs and… Continue reading New women for a new Sinn Féin? The 2014 European Elections in the Republic of Ireland
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.
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
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All-women shortlists could be allowed in FTSE 100 Telegraph.co.uk Business Secretary Vince Cable has backed recommendations which could see headhunters draft women-only shortlists for board-level posts, eliminating men entirely from the recruitment process. All-women shortlists are not currently used in the private sector because they are fraught with legal difficulties and leave companies open to sex discrimination claims from men… Continue reading UK: Women: Cameron is ‘pompous’ but good with ‘family’. Yes campaign’s challenge: winning over female voters.
Parties fall short of gender quotas Irish Times The two major parties are struggling to achieve recommended gender quotas in their slates of candidates for the local election candidates. While neither Fine Gael nor Fianna Fáil have finalised their candidate selection, an analysis of their selected candidates to date shows that only 22 per cent of Fine Gael candidates are women,… Continue reading UK: Cameron taunted over Tories’ all-male front bench at PMQs. Miliband accuses Cameron of running country like old boys’ network.