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Monday, 19 February 2018

During this month, female activists are going the extra mile due to the celebrations marking the Representation of the People Act. 2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed the first women, and all men, to vote for the first time. The Suffragettes achieved their goal of becoming part of the electorate. 

The 50:50 campaign asked all political parties to take note on their website with information and progress, “with over 50,000 signatories to the 50:50 petition agreeing that a gender balanced Parliament would be more representative and better for all.”

Researchers emphasised, “that women are half as likely than men to consider themselves potential candidates for elected office and that they need to be asked more than once before they will consider standing.” Cross party campaigns have increased particularly during the milestone with Vote 100. 

Celebrations of this milestone are being led by many campaigns who are also getting involved with Vote 100. Major exhibition, talks and tours, and events can also be found by following, #Vote100 on social media.

Starking reminder that womens’ hidden voices in the public and political sphere, when it comes to BAME women, there are even less. Diversity of women from all social and economic backgrounds are furthermore complex, identifying the support networks and political circles can be challenging for women not already exposed to the networks and platforms. How can we improve social mobility when BAME women are not in political influential positions or reflective at the heart of politics? 
There are many ambitous women, career driven out of the field of public life and politics who maybe seeking new challenges, later in life with credible leadership experiences. 

If you know some one who fits the criteria or has an interest to take a role in public and life, consider becoming an #AskHerToStand champion, to promote them and others, sign in the link, http://5050parliament.co.uk/askhertostand/


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