Does UK political culture have a misogyny problem?
Recent years have seen a wave of women MPs speaking up on the disturbing misogynistic abuse many receive through social media. But reports from women working in politics suggest that verbal abuse and misogynistic attitudes don’t only occur in interactions with the public – they’re endemic to political culture. From Westminster to the Northern Powerhouse to local councils, there are women reporting cultures that not only fail to promote women, but actively hold them back from participating and reaching positions of power.
Tackling attitudes and culture is challenging. But with participation of women in politics stubbornly well below 50%, and public confidence in politicians weak, is it time for politics to recognise and address the thorniest gender issues?
- Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Chair, Women and Equalities Committee
- Jess Phillips MP
- Dr Peter Allen, Reader in Comparative Politics, University of Bath
- Harini Iyengar, Spokesperson on Equal Representation, Women's Equality Party
- Chair: Anushka Asthana, Political Editor, the Guardian (invited)
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