Rosie Baker, who was first elected to City of York Council last year, has called for more women to stand for election on National #AskHerToStand Day.
Ask Her To Stand Day, which falls on the 21st November, is an initiative by the organisation ‘50:50 Parliament’ which seeks to increase the number of women in elected roles.
The group seeks to achieve a gender-balanced parliament, that draws upon the widest possible pools of talent, including men and women equally, incorporating their full range of diversity and experience.
Rosie said, “If you believe things could be different, tell people, put yourself forward to get elected. If you know someone who you think should put themselves forward – ask them!”
“It is so important that women feel confident and get taken seriously in politics because our parliament and councils need more women and parents from low-income families involved in the decision making process.
“I stood as a parent – a young mum on a low income because it is important that voices like mine are heard – especially when decisions are being made on education, on children’s and community services and about needs in our local area.
“I was drawn to The Green Party because they listened to what I had to say and I am encouraged to make my own decisions – Greens aren’t ‘whipped’ by party bosses.”
As of December 2019, there are 220 female MPs in the House of Commons representing only 34% of the total number of MPs