Barack Obama, Theresa May, Margaret Thatcher, Nicky Morgan…

From the front page of yesterday’s Times:

Theresa May has been accused of ‘control freakery’ after banishing the soft government and ‘chillaxing’ of David Cameron’s regime as she tightens her grip across Whitehall…

Her close aides have also caused friction. Fiona Hill, the prime minister’s joint chief of staff, is said to have sent ‘sweary texts’ and had ‘slanging matches’ with cabinet ministers…

Barack Obama complimented the prime minister on the number of female advisers and cabinet ministers in her team. ‘Great gender balance,’ he told Mrs May when she arrived with her entourage at the White House.

In relation to the gender balance of Conservative MPs, women are over-represented in Theresa May’s cabinet. The same was true of David Cameron’s cabinets. To her credit, Ms May at least had the good sense to fire Nicky Morgan, the woeful former Education Secretary and Minister for Women & Equalities.

Female Conservative MPs are, on average, younger and less experienced than their male colleagues, so if Ms May believed in meritocracy – like Margaret Thatcher did – women would be under-represented in the cabinet.


About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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