Female MPs Reveal They Face Discrimination
Over half of female MPs have revealed that they faced discrimination because of their gender during their selection or election, new research has found.
Comres carried out the poll for the Young Women’s Trust, which found that 55 per cent of female MPs had faced gender discrimination during their careers.
Labour MPs were more likely to have experienced this than Conservative MPs, with 24 per cent of all Labour respondents reporting discrimination compared to 21 per cent of Conservative MPs.
There was also found to be greater gender discrimination in the North and the Midlands, the research noted.
Another survey for the Young Women’s Trust found that three in ten young women in the UK reported gender discrimination while looking for work or when working, with the organisation noting therefore that the rate for female MPs is considerably higher than across other professions.
What’s more, the 4,000 young people who responded to this survey believe we’re more likely to discover aliens than to achieve equal representation in parliament or business by the time they reach the age of 40.
Dr Carole Easton OBE, chief executive of the organisation, commented: “Too many women are being held back by employers’ sexist stereotypes. This only serves to damage our public life and our economy.”
All of this comes after the storm surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace following the revelations from Hollywood that sparked women all over the world sharing their stories of the issues they’d faced in their employment.
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