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Opinion: Make politics fit women’s lives, not vice-versa

For today’s women “motherhood, not sexism, is the issue”. So says The Economist (“We Did It”, 30 December 2009), noting that “women who prosper in high-pressure companies in their 20s drop out in dramatic numbers in their 30s and then find it almost impossible to regain earlier momentum”.

Could the same be true in politics?

Nearly 80% of current male Lib Dem MPs first entered Parliament in their 30s and 40s. Yet our female MPs were overwhelmingly elected in their 20s or 50s, and not one was first elected while raising young children. Achieving the same age spread as the men could …

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    Bad move from Ed Davey (and I feel let down having twice voted for him as LibDem leader!) I joined the party particularly for its opposition to Brexit, and sin...
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    @ Matt, All your previous posts have been spot on, absolutely in line with mainstream science. I am at high risk, am carer for a partner who is at the highe...
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    @ Ruth Bright, I commend the young person you mention. For her sake and that of others, we need to fight on their behalf. It is interesting , but not surpr...