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

  • International Women's Day 2014: Background and Statistics - Commons Library Standard Note
  • Combating violence towards women and girls around the world - Commons Library Standard Note
  • Afghan Women 2014 - Commons Library Standard note
  • Women and the Economy - Commons Library Standard Note
  • Women in the House of Lords - Lords Library Note
  • Women in Public Life, the Professions and the Boardroom - Commons Library Standard Note
  • Women in Parliament and Government - Commons Library Standard Note
  • Related business in both Houses:

    • ..15th April 2014 - VAWG - Online Forum launched as next stage of Human Rights Committee inquiry...
    • ..22nd April 2014 - PHSE and SRE in schools - Education Committee launch new inquiry...
    • ..29th April 2014 - Safe and Sanctuary Rooms (Exemption from Under-occupancy Penalty) - Ten Minute Rule motion [see calendar]...
    • ..1st May 2014 - Oral Questions to the Minister for Women [see calendar]...
    • ..6th May 2014 - Women in frontline combat - oral question in the Lords [see calendar]...

    All future parliamentary business is provisional and subject to change.