The United Kingdom: The “Mother of All Parliaments”: Westminster’s Male Face

Sarah Childs, Rosie Campbell, Joni Lovenduski

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The “Mother of All Parliaments” is overwhelmingly male (and pale): 128 women MPs—just one in five of all members of the UK parliament—were elected at the 2005 general election. Moreover, the upward trend in women’s representation at Westminster began only in the mid-to-late 1980s and it was not until the 1997 general election that a sea change occurred. At that election, the numbers of women in Parliament doubled overnight—from 60 to 120.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen and Legislative Representation
Subtitle of host publicationElectoral Systems, Political Parties, and Sex Quotas
EditorsManon Tremblay
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780230610378
ISBN (Print)9780230603783, 978-1-137-28070-1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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