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Winning with Women is a Progress initiative to bring together people from across the Labour movement to improve women’s political representation, and discuss the role that women in the party and the electorate will play in winning Labour a majority once again. Progress is committed to a bigger, more diverse Labour party and wants to reflect this in how we work, who writes for us and who gets involved.

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Training events

Progress are putting on training events around the country, including training sessions that are for women only. You can learn how to make a speech in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff, and if you’re in London you can also learn how to stand for public office. These training sessions are for Progress members. See the full schedule here.


Hardest hit: what does the autumn statement mean for women?

In the aftermath of the first autumn statement since Brexit and also the first autumn statement of Theresa May’s government, these events will seek to examine the policy forecasts set out by Philip Hammond, and examine what their effect will be on women and the gender gap in British society. These events are free and open to all Labour members.

Hardest hit: What does the autumn statement mean for women?
6.30-8.30pm, 23 November 2016
Thatcher room, Portcullis House,  SW1A 2LW

Hardest hit: What does the autumn statement mean for women? In Manchester
6-8pm, 24 November 2016
Venue TBC, Central Manchester


Special edition

PROJ4169_Mag_March_02.03.16_WEB_P1_HQMarch edition of Progress magazine is guest-edited by Ayesha Hazarika.

The all-women contributors include:

Judith Blake | Emma Burnell | Rosie Corrigan | Kezia Dugdale | Caroline Flint | Lisa Forbes | Sabrina Francis | Ellie Gellard | Pat Glass | Miranda Green | Bonnie Greer | Ellie Groves | Ayesha Hazarika | Gaby Hinsliff | Paulette Long | Fiona Mactaggart | Deborah Mattinson | Claire McCarthy | Frances O’Grady | Miriam O’Reilly | Jo-ann Robertson | Jess Phillips | Rachel Reeves | Emma Reynolds | Naz Shah | Lee Sherriff | Helen Walbey


Editor meets guest-editor

Progress director Richard Angell interviews broadcaster, former adviser to Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman and Progress magazine guest-editor Ayesha Hazarika


International Women’s Day edition

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 15.08.38Richard Angell has handed over the reigns for the next edition of Progress magazine. It is an International Women’s Day special guest-edited by broadcaster and former adviser to Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman, Ayesha Hazarika.

If you are a woman member of the Labour party, but not currently a member of Progress and would like a free copy of this edition please get in touch.


Handing over the reins

Ayesha HazarikaRichard Angell
25 February 2016

Progress has tried to lead the field on the representation of women in the Labour party. We were the first grouping to ban ‘all-male panels’ – long before my time, under the leadership of Jessica Asato – and pushed for the party to limit them at Labour party conference. The Progress strategy board is gender-balanced. John Woodcock, the then chair, was the first to sign the Labour Women’s Network #Powerpledge. When the Labour party has no women in leadership positions outside Scotland, Progress has Alison McGovern as chair. My predecessor, Robert Philpot, did lots of work with fellow thinktanks and party groupings on generating new women writers and speakers at events. We now regularly share the names of excellent writers and speakers we come across. Women-only training sessions on political writing and on standing for public office have become regulars in the organisation’s calendar. The first Winning With Women conference, with all-women speakers, was held in 2013. In recent months, the number of women writing for Progress magazine has leapt. But you just need to look at the gender balance of our staff team to see the distance we must travel. We must all do more.

So this month I step out of the editor’s seat and hand the reins to Ayesha Hazarika, broadcaster, stand-up comedian and former adviser to Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman. She will be the magazine’s first guest-editor and every contribution in March’s edition, due in time for International Women’s Day, will be authored by a woman. Ayesha has secured authors not seen before on the pages of Progress – Bonnie Greer, Miriam O’Reilly and Gaby Hinsliff. Every one of them is Alison McGovern and John Woodcock PowerPledgemost welcome. I hope that this will not just be their debut but the start of regular appearances.

More importantly, if our women members and those active on the left take one thing away from what will be a brilliant edition, it is that if they have comment to make, an idea to champion or an argument to win, Progress is the place be published.

The Labour movement must draw its pool of talent from the most wide and diverse places. It is on the pages of Progress, Fabian Review, LabourList, Labour Uncut, Left Foot Forward and more that those people can come to the fore. It is incumbent on all of us who convene those platforms to constantly strive to deliver the representation modern Britain demands. Alison wrote for the Mirror on becoming the first woman chair of Progress that, ‘Politics is done better when it isn’t dominated by just a few. I believe in politics for the many.’ We will not always get it right, but as long as I am in the editor’s seat, we will be striving to make it better.

If you are not a member or subscriber, please join today to get the next edition delivered to your home.

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Richard Angell is director of Progress. He tweets @RichardAngell

This article was originally posted on the Progress website here


Progress Winning with Women reception

6pm, Wednesday 27 January 2016
Board room, 11 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB

Gloria De Piero MP Ashfield
Alison McGovern MP Chair, Progress

Please note that this event is open to women only.

The reception follows the publication of the Fabian Society discussions report – Practising What We Preach – on women’s representation in the Labour party. Progress works to support more women to be involved and active in the Labour party. The event will get together women from across the Labour party and movement to build a network and discuss how Progress and Labour can improve women’s representation in the party.

Winning with Women is a Progress initiative to bring together people from across the Labour movement to improve women’s political representation, and discuss the role that women in the party and the electorate will play in winning Labour a majority.

Progress is committed to a bigger, more diverse Labour party and wants to reflect this in how we work, who writes for us and who gets involved. If you would like to write for Progress please contact our deputy editor Adam Harrison.


House of Commons benchThe missing 30

Post-election research conducted by Progress revealed that, had Labour won all of its target seats in England and Wales, there would be 30 more women sitting in the House of Commons.

Director of Progress Richard Angell reported the findings here. See here for the full report and here for the data.

 

 


Winning with Women: Writing for the election and beyond

6.30-8pm, Monday 12 January 2015
London, room tbc

Kirsty McNeill Former Downing Street adviser and speechwriter to Gordon Brown
Jacqui Smith Former home secretary
Chair: Adam Harrison Deputy editor, Progress

This seminar is the latest in Progress’ Winning with Women series, and will focus on encouraging women to take up political writing and commentary. At this event, leading women writers will provide insights into writing for a political audience and give their ‘top tips’ for commenting on political events in the run up to the general election.

Progress is always looking for new women contributors for its website, ProgressOnline. If you would like to try your hand, please submit a 500-word article to Adam Harrison: adam@progressonline.org.uk. We will publish some of the articles before and after this event.

Please note that this event is open to women only.

More information available here.


Winning with Women campaign day for Naushabah Khan

B1sOsyKIIAAte69.jpg-largeProgress hosted a Winning with Women campaign day for Naushabah Khan led by Progress vice-chairs Liz Kendall MP and Alison McGovern MP

Everyone was welcome to join the campaign day – men and women – on 5 November 2015.  Training was available for new canvassers

WHEN
November 05, 2014 at 4pm – 8pm

WHERE
Campaign office
73 Maidstone Rd
Rochester ME1 1RL
United Kingdom


Winning with Women: Is there still a women’s vote?

7.30-8.45pm, Tuesday 23 September 2014
Lancashire Room, Peter House, Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5AN

Alison McGovern MP Shadow minister for international development
Diane Abbott MP Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Lia Quartapelle Foreign affairs committee, Italian parliament
Jane Merrick Political editor, Independent on Sunday
Chair: Lee Sherriff Parliamentary candidate for Carlisle

The event looked at the role that women voters will play in the electoral coalition that Labour needs to win in 2015. Is there still a distinct women’s vote that the party should be targeting? If so, how? If not, why has this changed?

More information here.


Winning with Women: Can one nation Labour achieve gender equality? In partnership with the Young Fabians’ ideas project on one nation feminism

6-7.30pm, Wednesday 16 July 2014
Committee room 18, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Alison McGovern MP Shadow minister for international development
Claire McCarthy Head of external and political affairs, Co-operative party
Florence Nosegbe Councillor, Lambeth council and NEC candidate
Chair: Heather Vernon Chair, Young Fabians’ ideas project on one nation feminism

The event discussed women’s voting patterns, how the wider electorate (including men) see policy issues that are traditionally seen as feminist and how we can embed principles of gender equality and feminism into a One Nation Labour narrative. Are these ideas popular with voters and if so how can they become part of the broader Labour campaign?

More information here.


Winning with Women: Writing for a political audience

6.30-8pm, Thursday 8 May 2014
Committee room 9, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Mary Riddell Columnist, Daily Telegraph
Kirsty McNeill Former Downing Street adviser and speechwriter to Gordon Brown
Chair: Heidi Alexander MP Shadow deputy minister for London

This seminar is the latest in Progress’ Winning with Women series, and will focus on encouraging women to take up political writing. At this event, women writers will provide insights into writing for a political audience and give their ‘top tips’ for commenting on political events.

Progress is always looking for new women contributors for its website, ProgressOnline. If you would like to try your hand, please submit a 500-word article to Adam Harrison: adam@progressonline.org.uk. We will publish some of the articles before and after this event.

Please note that this event is open to women only. More information here.


Winning with Women: Selections and elections to the town hall and Westminster

While the Labour party continues to make great strides towards increasing women’s representation in parliament and local government, for many, standing for selection and election can be a daunting prospect.

At this event, four women with experience of winning a place in the town hall and Westminster will discuss their insights and advice on standing for office and hitting the campaign trail running, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

This event follows on from our Winning with Women conference earlier this month, which brought together people from across the Labour movement to discuss the role that women in the party and the electorate will play in winning Labour a majority in 2015.

7.30pm, Tuesday 24 September
Brighton Media Centre, 15-17 Middle St, Brighton BN1 1AL

Alison McGovern MP Progress vice-chair
Josie Channer PPC for Kingswood
Sarah Hayward leader, Camden council
Sally Keeble PPC for Northampton North
Chair: Lucy Rigby PPC for Lincoln

More information here.


Winnning With Women conference review

In September we held our Winnning With Women conference, addressed by Labour party deputy leader Harriet Harman among many others. Many speakers and attendees at the conference wrote for ProgressOnline ahead of and following the event, including Sarah HaywardFiona Mactaggart MPJohanna BaxterBex BaileyLucy RigbyLib PeckFlorence NosegbeAmina AliClaire McCarthyKirsty McNeillKate Talbot and Mems Ayinla. Check out all their pieces here.

Meanwhile, Stephen Bush wrote that the issues discussed at Winning with Women are absolutely essential to Labour’s mission Read>. And also this year Cherie Blair explained how technology is helping mentor women entrepreneurs across the world (Read>) and Seema Malhotra MP argued that closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship is good for women and good for the economy Read>


Winnning With Women conference

Progress is delighted to be holding its first women’s conference, Winning with Women. As part of the Campaign for a Labour Majority, the conference will take place at Camden town hall, central London, bringing together people from across the Labour movement to discuss the role that women in the party and the electorate will play in winning Labour a majority in 2015.

Keynote: Harriet Harman MP

Other confirmed speakers: Caroline Flint MP | Stella Creasy MP | Meg Hillier MP | Fiona Mactaggart MP | Seema Malhotra MP | Siobhain McDonagh MP | Lucy Powell MP | Jess Asato | Bex Bailey | Johanna Baxter | Caitlin Bisknell | Nina Champion | Josie Channer | Victoria Groulef | Clair Hawkins | Sarah Hayward | Sarah Jones | Catherine McDonald | Kirsty McNeill | Florence Nosegbe | Lib Peck | Lucy Rigby | Jill Rutter | Daisy Sands | Rebecca Simon | Felicity Slater | Kate Talbot | Zoe Tyndall

This event is open to both women and men. More information here.

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