Women make up half of Labour’s membership, but are absent from leadership positions across our party.
The First Step
While The 1918 Representation of the People Act was a huge triumph, this was just the first step towards all women gaining the right to vote. The act enabled women over the age of 30, who owned property or were graduates voting in a university constituency to take part in democracy and have a say in elections for the first time.
The result was that 8.5million women were added to the electoral roll. The Suffragette movement didn’t stop there though – ten years later all women aged 21 or over were given the right to vote.
Although women make up just under half of Labour’s membership and 43% of Labour MPs, they are just 30% of CLP Chairs, 16% of Labour council leaders, and 0% of Labour’s leadership team. To tackle this leadership gap, Labour must urgently change its rules and its culture.
Within Labour International our rules ensure 50:50 representation on our Executive Committee LIEC, however we strive to maintain women representation and leadership across our membership, CLP and branches.