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    'Wags', 'Wives' and 'Mothers'... but what about women politicians?

    Campbell, Rosie and Childs, Sarah (2010) 'Wags', 'Wives' and 'Mothers'... but what about women politicians? Parliamentary Affairs 63 (4), pp. 760-777. ISSN 0031-2290.

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    The UK general election of 2010 should have been a critical one for women. But it was not to be. Despite all of the main political parties claiming to want more women MPs the increase in their number relative to the 2005 Parliament was just 2.5%. Women remain under-represented numerically in the House of Commons, constituting less than one-quarter of all MPs. The election campaign was largely women free too, as women married to politicians gained more attention than women politicians. Moreover, and despite enhanced inter-party competition over the women's vote-or rather, and more accurately, the votes of middle income mothers, otherwise known as the 'mumsnet' vote-women's issues and perspectives were marginalised from the campaign proper.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR), British Politics and Public Life, Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2011 08:49
    Last Modified: 05 Mar 2018 09:35


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