A lot has been said about whether is good for politics for Labour to “man ban” – to have an option for electorates to ban men from being considered as a candidate.
Ways of boosting the proportion of females in Parliament has a major talking point – whether to try and force it with quotes or on merit. But something has been overlooked is what might attract more women into politics, and what might put women off trying to become an MP. I asked a woman if they would consider trying to become a candidate.
A woman’s perspective of why many women don’t want to stand for parliament
I have always been very interested in politics; love to discuss how to make the world a better place. In my younger years I have been actively involved to bring about changes. Now that I am more mature, have grown up children I still have the same convictions of making the world a better place but with the difference that these days I leave it to others to make this happen.
There are many reasons the main one being I want to live in peace and quiet out of the public’s eye. Politics, especially in parliament often seems like a kindergarten not a place where mature adults our representatives find the best way to help govern our country. Why would I want to subject myself to insults, taunts, personal attacks, manipulative old hands and the like. I feel that I have fought my battles with bringing up my children and also in my career.
As we all know this is not the half of it. There is the press – always fishing for a so called “good story”. For me that would mean to be always on guard with what I say. Since I and many women I know have an impulsive personality this would be very difficult.
Women are being doubly judged, once for their looks and secondly for their ability. It doesn’t matter what their appearance is, they cop it from all quarters often particularly harshly by their fellow females, men and the press.
If a woman looks great she gets dissed for it (everything is easy for her because she’s got the look) also is she just an airhead, or is there a man behind her to help? On the other hand if she is not blessed with a great appearance she gets flack for that such as (she looks like crap people find it difficult to concentrate on what she actually says). Off course one could say that may apply to men also and it does no doubt but sadly is seems to apply more to women and plays a big factor in not wanting to stand for parliament.