Top billing for Theresa May and Harriet Harman as female parliamentarians unite

Written by Dods staff on 6 February 2018 in Diary

Members of both Houses got together to mark the anniversary of women getting the vote.

Rising online abuse is putting women off the idea of a career in politics, Theresa May has said in an interview marking 100 years since women were first granted the vote,

Speaking to Woman's Hour on Radio Four, the prime minister highlighted the experiences of two MPs  - Esther McVey and Luciana Berger - who have been targeted by trolls on social media.

"I think we need to just step back and say that sadly this is... leading to some women feeling that they don't want to put their head above the parapet, they don't want to take part in public life,” she said.

Meanwhile those women who are taking part in parliamentary life today gathered in Central Lobby in the Palace of Westminster to celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which extended the right to vote to all men over 21 as well as to the first women.

In the official parliamentary snap, the prime minister takes centre stage with fellow Tory MPs Cheryl Gillan and Andrea Leadsom besides her.  

Also getting a good spot at the front is Baroness Sal Brinton, the wheelchair-bound Liberal Democrat president who previously chaired the party’s diversity engagement group aimed at increasing the number of black and female Lib Dems.

But the most prominent position is bagged by former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman, whose recently-published autobiography ends with a feminist manifesto distilled from 40 years of struggle. It also advises: "If you are not having arguments, you are not making a difference."





Picture credit: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor.



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