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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:22 AM

Report finds shocking absence of women from UK public life

Source: Observer

Report finds shocking absence of women from UK public life

The number of women in senior levels of the judiciary, education, the arts, finance, the civil service and government is plummeting, according to a new report, Sex and Power 2013. Women's representation has gone into reverse, with damaging effects on our country's social, cultural and political life
Women losing ground in positions of power, finds report

Yvonne Roberts
The Observer, Saturday 23 February 2013

The advancement of women in the senior ranks of politics which was evident only a few years ago when Gordon Brown had eight female cabinet ministers and there were 31 women in government has gone into reverse, with Britain rapidly falling down the international league tables for female democratic representation.

The country fell 37 places through the noughties, from 33rd place in 2001, to joint 60th in 2010. In western governments, only Ireland and Italy had fewer female representatives in 2010.

The evidence of the shocking erasure of women from public life including at senior levels in the judiciary, education, the arts, finance, the civil service, the City, media and government is presented in Sex and Power 2013: Who Runs Britain?, to be published tomorrow. The report is compiled by Counting Women In, a coalition of five organisations including the Fawcett Society and the Hansard Society.

The group was created after the 2010 general election, in which female candidates were scarce. The Sex and Power report, the first in an annual series, is modelled on the audits of public life that were published by the now defunct Equal Opportunities Commission.


Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/feb/24/shocking-absence-women-uk-public-life

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:32 AM

1. Noughties

The three-year-old in me loves this word.

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Response to Android3.14 (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 08:26 AM

5. Kind of like "naughty bits"?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:42 AM

2. Is there a correlation between this and the obsession with austerity?

I'd like to see a Paul Krugman-style graph plotting the two variables against one another.

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Response to starroute (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 07:56 AM

3. How would you measure the obsession?

Perhaps by percentage of of cuts each year to total spending for the year prior to the year the women's study covers.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 08:24 AM

4. Maybe thats because they still think royalty means something.

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Response to undeterred (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 08:38 AM

6. Though the monarch has been a woman for the past 60 years

The monarch has been a woman for about 124 years out of the past 175. And they have recently got round to introducing the 'eldest child inherits the throne, whatever their gender' law. No, I don't think you can blame this on royalty; it's society in general.

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