A fresh campaign to push for more women in politics faces challenges from both crisis-driven news cycles and the forces of the right.
Aside from the gargantuan crises being wrestled with by politicians this week, a lesser-noticed - but arguably equally important - bid to get more women involved in politics is getting underway. Yesterday the Counting Women In campaign kicked off, a joint bid to focus attention on the problem by a number of organisations.
"The problem gets worse the further up the foodchain you go: there are a higher proportion of female councillors than female MPs and a higher proportion of female MPs than female Cabinet members," Unlock Democracy and co argue. Just 20 out of 119 ministers are women, giving David Cameron a lot to do if he is to fulfil his pre-election pledge of making a third of his Cabinet women by the next general election.
This week sums up the problem faced by campaigners. Coverage of their bid to highlight the problem has been overwhelmed by theRead More »from Why those wanting more women MPs are playing the long game