The Progressive Alliance on Milton Keynes Council is encouraging more women to consider a career in politics, ahead of Ask Her To Stand Day on Sunday (21 November).
In Parliament, there are twice as many male MPs as there are female MPs. Data also shows that just 36% of councillors are women.
Councillor Jenny Wilson-Marklew, Labour Progressive Alliance Cabinet Member for Climate and Sustainability, said: “Women make up half of the population, but there is a real lack of balance in politics. This is something that has to change, so we are encouraging women to make their voice heard and stand up for what they believe in.”
In 2013, 50:50 Parliament launched a campaign to combat this and make politics gender-balanced.
Ask Her To Stand Day is part of this campaign, and is all about encouraging more women to stand for public office.
Councillor Jane Carr, Liberal Democrat Progressive Alliance Cabinet Member with responsibility for Tackling Inequalities, added: “The Progressive Alliance is gender balanced, but this cannot be said about Parliament. Female politicians are needed to help make democracy more inclusive, and representative of wider society.”
Councillor Emily Darlington, Labour Progressive Alliance Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, concluded: “Women have come a long way over the past hundred years, but there is still a long way to go. So, if you know an inspirational female who has bright ideas and the drive to make a difference – ask her to stand today.”
Those who are interested in Ask Her To Stand Day can find out more, and sign up to receive guidance, by clicking here.