Statement from the Fawcett Society’s CEO on Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet

We welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to a 50:50 Cabinet and we congratulate those women appointed so far. But it’s not only a numbers game.  It’s disappointing that virtually all of the most senior positions have gone to men.

We need women in positions of real power at the very top of politics.  So far we have seen Labour elect men into both leadership positions and choose a man to be the Party’s representative for the London Mayor. And now we see the Shadow Cabinet shaping up with men rising to the top and women concentrated in less senior roles.  A different kind of politics surely shouldn’t mean top jobs only for the boys?

Sam Smethers

CEO Fawcett Society

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