Women in Politics: Positions of Leadership

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:00 in Discussion Forums

Venue: Online
Date: Wednesday, 21st October 2020
Time: 17:00-18:30


  • Dr Meryl Kenny, Women and Ppolitics, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Rosie Campbell, Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership KCL
  • Dr Meghan Campbell, Birmingham University
  • Iysha Arun, Research Fellow, Dialogue Society


Women in the UK remain underrepresented in all levels of politics despite the Representation of People Act in 1918, allowing women to vote and seeing the first female MP Nancy Astor in 1919. Although the House of Commons currently is at its all-time high at 32% female representation, there remain issues around female representation in politics such as the underrepresentation of ethnic minority women, mothers, and those who have declared a disability.

A multiplicity of factors contribute to the underrepresentation of women in positions of leadership which hinder their participation in politics. This panel will discuss the obstacles to female leadership, the challenges faced by women in politics, gender equality and women’s empowerment in politics.