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Encouraging more women to join the world of Westminster

Encouraging more women to join the world of Westminster

The inaugural Women in Westminster: The 100 premiered 9 March 2020. | Credit: Tom Hampson

Baroness Jenkin of Kennington | Women in Westminster

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Women in Westminster: The 100 celebrates the achievements and the valuable role women play in public life, by recognising one hundred women from the world of Westminster. This year you can get involved and nominate those who have influenced you the most.

Last week marked 102 years since the passing of the Qualification of Women Act, giving women the right to stand for election as a Member of Parliament.

The 2019 general election saw a record 220 female Members of Parliament taking their seats, and the proportion of women reaching 34% the highest of either Chamber to date.

Whilst this is a milestone to celebrate, there is still more work to do across in sectors right across Westminster, including public affairs, journalism and think tanks.

Therefore, I am pleased to announce today that The House magazine’s Women in Westminster: The 100 campaign is back.  

Women in Westinster: The 100 celebrates the achievements and the valuable role women play in public life by recognising one hundred women from across the world of Westminster.

The 100 celebrates women who are not only influential in their own field, but who possess the talent and platform to inspire the next generation to make a difference in Westminster and beyond.

There are so many talented women in Westminster who often go unrecognised, which is why this year, we are opening up the process to you!

We want you to put forward your nominations of women currently working in Westminster who have influenced or inspired you.

This could be anyone from Theresa May, second female Prime Minister and founder of Women2Win, who has campaigned to increase female representation in Parliament, Diane Abbott, the first black female MP, or someone who has worked tirelessly for their constituency despite the challenges of this year.

Away from Parliament, there are journalists such as Carolyn Quinn, the first female chair of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and Civil Servants such as Helen Bower-Easton, the first woman to serve as the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson.

Working behind the scenes there are also lobbyists, think tankers and activists such as Amika George, who achieved a change in law with the #FreePeriods campaign, or Frances Scott, the founder of 50:50 Parliament.

We want to celebrate women from across the world of Westminster, and need your help to do so.

To get involved and submit your nomination, visit the Women in Westminster website here.

I would like to thank the other patrons of the Campaign; Harriet Harman, Caroline Nokes, Laura Kuenssberg, Anne Alexander and Emily Wallace for their continued support, and Lloyds Banking Group for joining once again as partners.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and compiling this year’s list.

The House Magazine would like to thank Lloyds Banking Group for once again supporting Women in Westminster: The 100.

To submit your nomination for this year's Women in Westminster: The 100 list, please click here.

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