Today is International Women’s Day. The day was first celebrated in 1911 when women in the UK were still fighting for the vote.
Since then things have changed enormously of course. Not only do women in the UK have equal voting rights with men, but there are a number of women MPs. Edgbaston is unique in this field in having been continuously represented by a woman MP since 1953.
International Women’s Day is a global celebration of women’s economic, social and political achievements – which are many. However women still face many problems and challenges and the Conservative’s five point plan “Women In The World Today” contains proposals for a common-sense approach to women’s issues and to make our modern world a fairer place for everybody. You can read more about “Women In The World Today” in an article by Theresa May (the Shadow Minister for Women) published today on www.conservativehome.com
Meanwhile it is worth remembering that despite the great strides women have made, over 70% of the world’s 1.3 billion poorest people are women, and girls form over two-thirds of the 130 million children who have no access to basic educaton. A sobering thought.
The picture shows me with Theresa May and other Conservative women candidates at the launch of “Women In The World Today”.