Parliament and Women

There are more women in the UK Parliament today than ever before, but women still make up only one-in-five of all MPs and members of the House of Lords. 

Here you can find all the latest news, research and resources from the UK Parliament on women's political rights and representation - yesterday and today.

Women in Parliament Today

Learn more about the women working in Parliament today and some of the special parliamentary roles that women currently 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:

  • ..14 July 2014 - Preventing sexual violence in conflict: next steps - read the written ministerial statement...
  • ..16 July 2014 - Violence against Women & Girls - committee hears more evidence...
  • ..16 July 2014 - Women offenders - watch the follow-up session by the Commons Justice Select Committee...
  • ..22 July 2014 - UN Commission on the Status of Women - read the debate in the House of Lords...
  • ..28 July 2014 - failure to make Baroness Stowell a full Cabinet member - Lords debate (see Calendar)...

The House of Commons is not expected to meet again until Monday 01 September 2014.