Putting the Diva into the General Election

Women in the General Election 2017

June 30, 2017

A record number of women MPs were elected at the 2017 General Election. Apart from the usual breakdown of women MPs by party, this blog piece for the House of Commons Library blog – UK Parliament, examines the distribution of women candidates across constituencies and what this means for their election.

The 27 MPs elected in Greater Manchester

June 08, 2017

Manchester Evening News runs through the 27 MPs elected across Greater Manchester. 

#SHEvotes is live - support more young women to vote

January 01, 2020

#SHEvotes is a new movement to help young women realise the power of their vote. When it comes to age and gender, young women are the demographic least likely to vote. Yet politics has a massive impact on their lives. In a world where they are all too often silenced and marginalised, we think it’s time for young women to realise how powerful they are.

What are the most important issues for women in the General Election 2017? GE2017 Microsite by Women's Orgs

January 01, 2020

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General election: Why 7.5m people can't vote for a woman

January 01, 2020

BBC article highlights fact more than 100 constituencies across the UK have no female candidates on the ballot, BBC research has learned.

'This means about 7.5 million people will not be able to vote for a woman.

The Scarborough and Whitby constituency has the longest men-only slate of candidates, with a total of eight male hopefuls.  Maidenhead has the biggest gap between the number of male and female candidates - with 11 men seeking election compared with two women...'

Politics Project - GE2017 resources for schools

January 01, 2020

To help schools and colleges navigate the 2017 General Election a group of Youth Citizenship organisations including Manchester based The Politics Project have come together to ensure that teachers have access to high quality teaching materials. 

Fawcett Manifesto for Women

January 01, 2020

Fawcett publish their GE2017 Manifesto for Women

Fawcett Society - 'Missing 8 million women voters'

January 01, 2020

New Fawcett Society analysis of recent polling data finds that a ‘missing eight million’ women say that they are uncertain to vote in the 2017 general election. An average of recent polling shows that 2.5% points fewer women than men say they are certain to vote. When applied to 2015 turnout levels this could see 8 million women not exercising their rights. 

LSE blog 'In what ways does gender matter for voting behaviour in GE2017?'

January 01, 2020

Rosalind Shorrocks explains the ways in which gender may affect vote choice. She writes that although Labour is particularly popular among young women, this is also the demographic most undecided about how to vote.

50:50 campaign and petition asks all Party Leaders for solutions to get better gender balance in Parliament

January 01, 2020

As we well know, in Westminster all things are not equal: fewer than 3 out of 10 MPs & Peers are women. 50:50 is a cross-party campaign and petition.

Reclaim: Team Future Manifesto for GE2017

January 01, 2020

Team Future at the Reclaim Project have developed their own manifesto for GE2017.   We think it is brilliant!

‘At parliament they thought I was a cleaner': the young activists changing British politics

January 01, 2020

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Young Women's Trust Manifesto

January 01, 2020

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Ending Violence Against Women - the manifesto commitments

January 01, 2020

End Violence Against Women Review of Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Greens and Women’s Equality Party manifesto pledges.

The Women's Budget Group analysis GE2017

January 01, 2020

The Women's Budget Group has carried out analysis on a wide range of policy which we will be using to raise awareness around the upcoming General Election 2017. 

The Parliament Project - sharing stories of candidates

January 01, 2020

The sharing of stories and experiences and myth busting are key to inspiring and encouraging more women to stand.  The Parliament Project asked woman candidates to share their experiences of standing in #GE2017.

#SHEvotes grassroots campaign

#SHEvotes is working with a network of creative professionals to deliver a

series of inspiring, funny, irreverent, attention-grabbing interventions in

the last few days of the General Election campaign.

#EMILYmatters #loveyourvote campaign

February 23, 2023

#Emilymatters is a social media campaign to support and advance gender equality, particularly focusing on the importance of voting.

DIVAMANC Calls to Action

May 28, 2023

The Labour, Conservative, Green and Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidates for Greater Manchester all signed up to our Five Pledges for Gender Equality and we are looking forward to working with Andy Burnham as our elected Mayor to put the pledges into action. 

We are now asking citizens, leaders and organisations across Greater Manchester to sign up to the Five Pledges and Calls to Action and show their commitment for #GenderEquality across the city region.

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Young women are one of the least likely groups to vote in GE2017.  

See below for information, resources and campaigns around women and GE2017.  

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201 of 650 MPs elected are women...