How can we get more women into top political jobs?
Following the pitiful rise of 2.5% of women MPs, questions are being raised over how we can successfully get more women into the higher echelons of political roles. With only one women in a top position in the Cabinet, excuses are now wearing thin. As the Guardian's Kira Cochrane highlights, the justification that only MPs with relevant experience can successfully fulfil cabinet roles is invalid, as it is only Ken Clarke who has had the previous experience. Currently, the UK now comes in at 52 in the international league table of women's
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So what can be done?
Well, what's clear is that we have to start from the bottom up by encouraging more women to stand in parliament. We also have break the culture that will not give way to the needs of women's lifestyles such as maternity leave and flexible working. The media also has to give precedence to real issues and women MPs as opposed to documenting 'fashion wars' between the leaders' wives. It is clear that the election and its results have ignited the debate about women in politics, which we need to build on to make sure that together we can change the gender imbalance in parliament, according to the Guardian