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International Women’s Day

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 pm on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of Laura Farris Laura Farris Conservative, Newbury 12:00 pm, 5th March 2020

I first got involved with International Women’s Day in 2015, when I was asked to speak at an event; I had not heard of it before. That has prompted me to think about where we were then with women in public life, and where we are now. In 2015, there were 148 women in this House and 104 women in the two Houses of Congress, and a woman was poised to secure the Democrat nomination in the race for the White House—well, that one did not work out; but fast forward to today, and there are 220 women in Parliament, which is a 49% increase in five years.