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Number of women in Cabinet falls to 15-year low

10 Apr, 2014
The mini reshuffle following the resignation of Maria Miller has seen the proportion of women in Cabinet fall to a 15-year low of 13.6%, according to the Counting Women In Coalition (CWI).


Commenting on behalf of CWI, Nan Sloane (Director of the Centre for Women in Democracy) said:

"Despite his pre-election pledge to make a third of his Ministerial list female, the Prime Minister is now running the country with a Cabinet that's almost 90% male.

"The number of women in Cabinet is now at its lowest level since 1997, more than 15 years ago.

"Just three women are now fully fledged members of the top table of politics – out of 22 Ministers.

"This mini reshuffle has taken us backwards not forwards when it comes to women's representation. We urge the Prime Minister to honour his pre-election pledge and ensure women's views, experiences and talent are respected at the top table of politics."

 

ENDS

 

The Counting Women In coalition consists of the Electoral Reform Society, the Centre for Women in Democracy, the Hansard Society, the Fawcett Society and Unlock Democracy.

For more information and for interviews, contact Will Brett on 07979 696 265 / will.brett@electoral-reform.org.uk