UK’s general election saw 208 women get elected to the House of Commons, up from 191 in 2015. This is a record-breaking number of female representatives in the House of Commons, where women now hold 30 per cent of the seats.
The UK is ranked 46 in the world for female representation. Among the MPs is Preet Kaur Gill, Britain’s first Sikh MP. Preet is expected to focus on issues related to the Sikh community in particular. The Sikh Federation of the UK was her most prominent backer during the elections.
Rosie Duffield won the seat for the Labour party in Canterbury, Kent, the first for the party since 1918.
The Green Party’s only MP Caroline Lucas also retained her seat in Brighton Pavilion.
The UK’s general election resulted in a hung parliament. On June 9, the UK’s election results saw Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative party lose its majority. So May has made an alliance with the controversial far-right Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, triggering widespread criticism.
The record number of women elected this time is being celebrated with the #cracktheceiling hashtag.
The first woman who was ever elected as an MP in the UK was Constance Markievicz, 99 years ago.
This is a graph of women’s participation in Britain’s parliament over the years: