David Cameron's 'Problem' with Women: Representing Women in the Coalition Government

Claire Annesley, Francesca Gains

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Prior to the election in 2010 David Cameron pledged that his first cabinet would comprise one-third women and would be the most family friendly ever. Since forming the Coalition Government, he appears to have a 'problem' with women. We argue that this problem stems from: the weak representation of women in cabinet and across government; the diminishing resources available to government actors to support gender equality policy; and women's exclusion from the key Coalition networks, both formal and informal, that determine government policy. © The Authors 2012. The Political Quarterly © The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd. 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)718-725
Number of pages7
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • Cameron
  • Coalition
  • Executive
  • Gender


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