Update: Celebrating 100 years of women standing for election
On 21st November, 50:50 Parliament, Jo Cox Foundation, Fawcett Society, and Centenary Action Group are organising an awesome #AskHerToStand Day.
The 21st November celebrates 100 years of the Qualification of Women Act which allowed the first women to stand for Parliament. Since then, only 491 women have gained seats at Westminster, compared to 4503 men. In the 2017, 12 extra women were elected to Parliament, at this rate it will take another half century to achieve the gender balanced Parliament that all the political parties agree we should be working towards!
We need more women to stand for public office – from the grassroots to Westminster. So on 21st November every MP has been asked to invite a woman from their constituency to Parliament for the day. The day will include inspirational events for delegates to attend, in addition to spending time with their MP and team.
Travel Expenses of over £20 and up to £80 are available for those women who would not otherwise be able to participate.