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The Aspire Foundation launched this week

A new charitable…


Added by Lee Chalmers on May 11, 2010 at 13:42 — No Comments

Message from Lee Chalmers

Hello DSP supporters.

It's about time that you had a bit of an update from The Downing Street Project. After much soul searching and discussion with loved ones, I have decided to move on from the Downing Street Project and leave it in the capable hands of Indra Adnan.

I had the initial idea for DSP two years ago, inspired by the White House Project, to train women to run for public office in the UK as that is what I believed was the…

Added by Lee Chalmers on February 25, 2010 at 9:17 — No Comments

Beginners guide to becoming a UK Member of Parliament

Many people have asked how to get the information necessary to start to think about becoming an MP. Here is a start at answering some of the most frequesntly asked questions.

What exactly is an MP?

The UK public elects Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons. MPs are involved in considering and proposing new laws, and can use their position to ask government ministers…

Added by Lee Chalmers on February 13, 2010 at 17:21 — No Comments

At last, plans for a creche in the House of Commons

Children of MPs to be cared for in Parliament’s first crèche

MPs taking part in late night Commons' votes will be able to drop their children off to be cared for in a purpose-built £400,000 crèche from September.

By Rosa Prince, Political Correspondent, The Telegraph

Published: 4:18PM GMT 15 Dec 2009

Under plans to be announced shortly, the House of Commons will for the first time offer a flexible "short-term, short-notice" child minding service on… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 30, 2009 at 17:26 — No Comments

Time article on the Future of Work

Women Will Rule Business

By CLAIRE SHIPMAN AND KATTY KAY Thursday, May. 14, 2009

Work-life balance. In most corporate circles, it's the sort of phrase that gives hard-charging managers the hives, bringing to mind yoga-infused, candlelit meditation sessions and — more frustratingly — rows of empty office cubicles.

So, what if we renamed work-life balance? Let's call it something more masculine and appealing, something like ... um ... Make More Money. That might… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 30, 2009 at 16:28 — No Comments

Top bankers destroy value, study (written by women) claims

From the FT today, 14th Dec 2009

(Full report here:

"Bankers should count themselves lucky they are being hit by a mere 50 per cent additional tax on bonuses, a new report argues today, because their benefit to society is negative.

The New Economics Foundation, a left-leaning think-tank, says that by contrast hospital cleaners and many other… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 14, 2009 at 11:41 — No Comments

British Government not backing UK Women for CEDAW Vacancies and the new UN Super-Agency For Women

British Government not backing UK Women for CEDAW Vacancies and the new UN Super-Agency For Women

Further to the response by Michael Foster to written Questions in the Commons from the MP Jo Swinson (see below at ‘Questions tabled and answered in the House of Commons’), the eminent human rights and equal opportunities Queen’s Counsel Lord Lester plans to table the following Questions in the Upper House:

Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 8, 2009 at 21:03 — No Comments

Brighton to hold first ever all-female parliamentary election

Brighton Argus

9:41am Saturday 5th December 2009

By Andy Chiles »

Brighton is set to hold what is believed to be the first all-female parliamentary election ever in Britain.

The milestone has been reached after the Liberal Democrats revealed Andrew Falconer, their original candidate for the Brighton Pavilion constituency, had pulled out and would be replaced by one of a shortlist of four women.

Whoever is selected will stand against… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 5, 2009 at 14:03 — No Comments

What would it take for you to want to stand as an MP?

So, as I look at the election approaching, probably on May 6th, I wonder what stops your average women on the street from wanting to stand as an MP. I know for me there a load of things that put me off. The notion of my entire life being trawled through and serialised in the Daily Mail, the never ending comments about my face/hair/teeth/shoes, the disparaging analysis of my every word or worse still, a complete disregard for my existence as a candidate at all. That's assuming that I can decide… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on October 11, 2009 at 18:05 — No Comments

Obamas declaration of Women's Equality Day


Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release August 26, 2009


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Today, our country renews its commitment to freedom and justice for all our citizens. As we prepare to celebrate this women's day of equality, we reflect on the… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on August 26, 2009 at 21:46 — No Comments

Being inspired by the White House Project: NYC visit August 2009

Last week I had the good fortune to be in New York at the same time as one of the White House Project WOLF information events. Julie Gilbert and Marie Wilson kindly said that I could come along, to observe and see how where they are with their work can inform what The Downing Street Project is doing in its early and stumbling stages.

I took copious notes and thought I’d outline them here to give you a sense of what Marie Wilson was sharing about The White House Project, why it was… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on August 25, 2009 at 23:30 — No Comments

Tweetminster 10 Commandments for MP's and PPC's

Here it is! What do you think?

Here are the final "10 Commandments for Members of Parliament".

These commandments will be presented to all MPs and PPCs. Over the next few months and beyond the General Election, we will monitor the impact of these 10 Commandments to see if the actions of MPs live up to the standards that have been set. Our goal is to make a small contribution to making politics more open and… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on August 25, 2009 at 13:33 — 2 Comments

Fixing the Economy? It's Women's Work. Washington Post article...

Fixing the Economy? It's Women's Work.

By Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

Sunday, July 12, 2009

While the pinstripe crowd fixates on troubled assets, a stalled stimulus and mortgage remedies, it turns out that a more sure-fire financial fix is within our grasp -- and has been for years. New research says a healthy dose of estrogen may be the key not only to our fiscal recovery, but also to economic strength worldwide.

The sexy new discussion in policy… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on July 20, 2009 at 11:59 — No Comments

A UN Womens agency?

Later this year the UN will vote on establishing a Women's Agency with a budget of a billion dollars. What would we like them to do? Read why Lesley Abdela thinks its important:

Finally, a UN agency for women

By Lesley Abdela, The Guardian

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The UN system has failed the world's 3 billion-plus women - but a new 'super-agency' may bring welcome change.

This autumn the UN general assembly will vote yes or no to a… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on July 14, 2009 at 12:27 — No Comments

Centre for Women & Democracy E-Newsletter - Work for CFWD/Local Election Results/Vote for A Change

Here is the latest newsletter from CFWD

2009 Election Results

We have now completed some of our work on the 2009 European, mayoral and local elections. 33% of MEPs elected in the UK were women – a rise of 7%, whilst across Europe 35% of the new Parliament will be female as opposed to 31% before the elections. The country with the highest representation of women as MEPs is Finland (62%), with Malta (0%) the Czech Republic (18%) at the bottom. You can download the full… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on June 28, 2009 at 14:24 — No Comments

Centre for Women & Democracy E-Newsletter - Elections 2009/Women Ministers/New News Blog

Here is the latest newsletter from The Centre for Women and Democracy. To view it as a web page click here. See back issues here. Many thanks to Nan Sloane, Director of CFWD, for permission to re-publish.

Elections 2009

Now that the results of the 2009 local, mayoral and European elections are all in, we… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on June 12, 2009 at 18:32 — No Comments

Would more women in financial services have averted the current crisis? Some arguments for....

Too Much Testosterone on Wall Street?

Posted by Sylvia Ann Hewlett on January 7, in Harvard Business Review

Finance has always been dominated by men and driven by a testosterone-enhanced culture. If women had been running our banks, might we have avoided the sub-prime mess and the resulting economic meltdown?

Halla Tomasdottir, a prominent Icelandic financier, answers yes. In a recent BBC interview she shared her outrage at the wild risks male… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on January 17, 2009 at 22:59 — No Comments

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