False comparisons

Women Elected To Parliament Since 1918 FINALLY Outnumber Sitting Male MPs | The Huffington Post

Following a by-election for the seat of Copeland, MP Trudy Harrison was elected and sworn in on Wednesday.

This makes Ms Harrison the 456th woman elected to the UK Parliament since 1918. At least for now this means that the number of women elected since 1918 (456) is no longer less than the number of men in the current Parliament (454)

However, there are just 196 female MPs compared to the 454 male MPs in the current Parliament.

Frances Scott, who founded the 50:50 Parliament campaign for a gender equal legislature, told HuffPost UK it was “great we’ve got another women elected in parliament”.
But she added: “We now have 196 women at Westminster but men still outnumber women by more than two to one. So the organisation is still predominantly male and that has a major impact on the legislation and the way debate happens.”

 

UK view against gender equity in representation

 A UK MP, Henry Jones argues that:

'The Women’s Equality party are the new girls on the Westminster block. Chief among their political objectives is achieving “equal representation.” They claim that if the UK was to have more equal political representation, “violence against women and the specific needs of women in our health service would be taken more seriously”.'

The argument is that countries with high levels of female representation have high reported rates of sexual violence. Mr Jones suggests there is no need for equal representation. 

This is a common fallacious argument where false comparisons are made using data that cannot be matched. The real issue is whether women are democratically represented or not.