Parliament and Women

191 women were elected to Parliament in the 2015 General Election. Almost a third of MPs in the House of Commons are women - more than ever before. In the Lords, 25 per cent of members are women.

The Parliament and Women pages provide quick links to Parliament's resources on women's political rights and representation - yesterday and today.

Women in Parliament Today

Learn more about the women working at Parliament and some of the special roles that they hold.

The Vote and Beyond: a History

Find out more about the history of the campaign for women’s votes and women's representation in the House of Commons and House of Lords

Towards Equality

What is being done to encourage men and women to play a more equal part in UK politics and government?

Events and Outreach

Find out more information about events for women taking place in Parliament and around the UK

Women: Making a difference

An overview with statistics on the increasing number of women in Parliament, brief profiles of selected women MPs and key pieces of legislation that have been pioneered by women.

Latest research from Parliament

Related business in both Houses:

  • ..3 Jun 2015 - Motion for a Women and Equalities Select Committee to be established in the Commons in this Parliament agreed to...
  • ..11 June 2015 - Empowering women in the developing world - read the Lords debate...
  • ..1 July 2015 - Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap - read the Opposition debate in the Commons...
  • ..2 July 2015 - Oral Questions to the Minister for Women and Equalities - see Calendar...


All future parliamentary business is provisional and may be subject to change.