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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

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?

Speakers include:

  • Jess Phillips MP, Women and Equalities Select Committee
  • Andrew Bazeley, Policy and Insight Manager, Fawcett Society
  • Harini Iyengar, Spokesperson on Equal Representation, Women's Equality Party
  • Professor Rainbow Murray, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London
  • Chair: Anushka Asthana, Political Editor, the Guardian

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