Brexit isn’t just for blokes

Women have been written out of the EU debate. Caroline Criado-Perez counts the cost

The World Today Updated 23 November 2020 Published 29 September 2017 3 minute READ

Caroline Criado-Perez

Writer and author of ‘Do it Like a Woman’ (Portobello)

It should come as no surprise that Britain sent nine men and only one woman to Brussels to negotiate our exit from the European Union.

Women have been sidelined ever since the EU referendum was announced in February 2016. Men dominated 75 per cent of television coverage and 85 per cent of print media coverage during the referendum campaign. The relevant select committees have been chaired and dominated by men. Other than the Prime Minster, all the relevant Cabinet ministers − David Davis, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox − are men. And the government White Paper on Brexit, which mentioned ‘trade’ five times, ‘consumers’ seven times, and ‘business’ nine times, thought to mention ‘women’ and ‘equality’ a grand total of zero times.

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