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>> The number of women in Britain's parliament is shockingly low. That's according to new reports by UK law makers who are calling on the government to set targets. It's been nearly 100 years since the first woman sat in the House of Commons. This is Nancy Astor campaigning in 1919.
>> Since then, 455 women have been elected a seat in the British Houses of Parliament. But female lawmakers say, that's unacceptable as that number is equal to the number of men sitting in Parliament today.>> The Women Inequalities Committee says that with only 30% of lawmakers being women, the UK has dropped to 48th for female representation worldwide, on a par with Nepal.
Rwanda comes top, followed by Bolivia, Cuba, and Iceland.>> Our reporters really are called to action to make sure parties are doing something now, to ensure that at the next election, we see more women, not fewer women in parliament.>> Committee chair and former culture secretary Maria Miller was the 265 woman ever to be elected.
She wants to see women representing at least 45% of parliament and local government by 2030.>> Our recommendation is that perhaps the electoral commission takes on a new role to find parties if they don't have sufficient numbers of women coming forward.>> A report last year found most women lawmakers in all regions faced sexism, harassment and violence from their male counterparts, and are increasingly targeted by online humiliation campaigns.
While Britain may have its second female head of government, Theresa May's appointment last July generated countless media reports, focusing on her high heels and gender, rather than her policies. Some of the attitudes of Lady Astor's era perhaps still around today.