50:50 Parliament

50:50 Parliament

50:50 Parliament is marked the anniversary of the first woman MP taking up her seat. London, 5.15 pm, 1 Dec 2015 – Ninety-six years after Nancy Astor took her seat in the House of Commons 50:50 Parliament campaigners rally by the railings outside Parliament and then march through the House of Commons to hear MPs debate […]

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Jobs for the girls

Jobs for the girls

Jobs for the Girls: Leah talks about her career as a specialist physiotherapist. Name: Leah Occupation: Specialist Physiotherapist Hours per week: Many, many! Do you enjoy your work? I love it. What does your job/day involve? I start the day gently with a stretch and a breathe and I take time to be glad and think about […]

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Jobs for the girls

Jobs for the girls

Jobs for the Girls: Claire talks about her career as a research scientist. Name: Claire Occupation: Livestock Systems Scientist Hours per week: 30 Do you enjoy your work? yes What does your job/day involve? As a research scientist, I have to write scientific papers and reports relating to the research we are doing. I also have […]

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Two women, one weekend

Two women, one weekend

Two women, Jenny and Ann, visit Reykjavik in Iceland for one weekend of sightseeing. Getting There: Reykjavik is just three hours flying time from the UK. Jenny and Ann flew from Luton Airport on Easyjet to Keflavik Airport. Accommodation: Comfortable and affordable 4 Star accommodation at the Icelandair Reykjavik Marina Hotel which is close to the […]

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When will schools learn?

When will schools learn?

An incensed reader asks schools to try harder. OMG! OMG! OMG!  The photo below was snapped in one of my local secondary schools. In case you can’t read the small print, girls are being encouraged to work out whether their body shape is most like an apple, a pear, an hourglass or a rectangle. Thanks. […]

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Gender balance in Parliament

Gender balance in Parliament

How do we get better gender balance in Parliament? In December 2015, around two hundred 50:50 Parliament campaign supporters held a rally outside Parliament to remember Nancy Astor, the first woman to take her seat as an MP, 96 years ago. A lively debate then took place inside the House of Commons, with a cross-party […]

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A Postscript to Honourable Friends?

A Postscript to Honourable Friends?

Honourable Friends? left the t4w book group keen to take action. Here are three suggestions from the author herself for what to do next. When the book club read Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change, they felt informed, inspired and ready for action. But Honourable Friends? highlights so many areas which need reform, […]

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Honourable Friends?

Honourable Friends?

A review of Caroline Lucas’ Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change. Last month our bookclub was reading “Honourable Friends?” by Caroline Lucas, the UK’s lone Green MP. In the book, Caroline Lucas shares what she has learnt from her first five years in Westminster, in the hope that her readers will be informed […]

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