Women in Democracy during the 1970s and 1980s

The History of Parliament

Over the past few days Parliament Week has been in full swing and events have taken place around the country aimed at inspiring people to get involved in parliamentary democracy. The theme this year is Women in Democracy – celebrating women’s contribution to British political life. As we all know, despite gaining the vote in 1918 we are still some way from gender parity in the House of Commons.

Before 1997, there were relatively few female MPs – the numbers hover between twenty and thirty before increasing in both 1987 and 1992. Despite these small numbers, we still have some great interviews with former women MPs as part of our national oral history project. Working with the British Library, we plan to interview as many former Members of Parliament as possible on their careers and political experiences. Here are some of the experiences of women MPs…

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