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A century of women in parliament

  • Wednesday, 18. December 2019
  • Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL

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0203 096 5789


Jess Phillips - Elected as MP for Birmingham Yardley in 2015 and 2017

Helen Grant - Elected as MP for Maidstone and The Weald in 2010, 2015, and 2017

Layla Moran - Elected as MP for Oxford West and Abingdon in 2017

Frances Scott - Founder of 50:50 Parliament

Anoosh Chakelian (chair) - Britain Editor, New Statesman


This December, we mark 100 years since Lady Nancy Astor took her seat in the House of Commons, becoming the first woman to do so. She was elected MP for Plymouth in November 1919, and served until 1945.

Since then, Westminster has seen the advent of universal suffrage, precisely one female Speaker, and two women serving as Prime Minister.

Join us as our panel discusses progress towards gender equality in politics over the last century, and the obstacles women still face. As women MPs continue to face disproportionate levels of abuse, and the toxicity of today’s political climate dissuades many from standing again, we discuss how far is left to go.


Wednesday 18th December 2019


Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL

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