This year we are launching a series of online events looking at key women in public life. But why the focus on women and is it still necessary?
Ali Goldsworthy, Claire Hanna MP and Lisa Nandy MP are the first to join our Power Hour series
After a bruising year for politics, trust in those who represent us continues to fall. The latest Ipsos Mori Veracity Index showed trust in politicians had dropped seven percentage points since 2021, making them the least trusted profession in Britain.
That couples with a recent report from the Fawcett Society which found that 69% of women MPs and 49% of all MPs have witnessed sexist behaviour in Parliament in the last five years. It also highlighted that 93% of women MPs said online abuse or harassment has a negative impact on how they feel being an MP.
We agree this is unacceptable but to change the culture we need to look at representation of those in politics and public life. We know this matters because it has a considerable influence on the voting behaviour of citizens and what policy choices our parliamentarians make. It also matters because it shapes what issues get discussed and debated, and what policy decisions are finally taken. An increase in female MPs meant a greater focus on childcare and maternity rights as well as an increased focus on issues like women’s role in driving economic growth. If citizens see issues that impact them being addressed then it has an impact on whether and how they vote.
We are delighted to be giving a voice to these key women in public life in our Power Hour series. Please join us to find out more about their motivations for getting involved, the powerful impact they’ve had to date and what they have to say about our collective future challenges.
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