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Introduction
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This page aims to provide reliable, accessible and up-to-date information on women's presence in political and public leadership positions in Ireland, North and South and Great Britain. Presently it offers tables listing all current and former women members of national and devolved assemblies in Britain and Ireland, ministers, and British and Irish members of the European Parliament since 1979. There is also information on current and former British and Irish ministers, and other office-holders.

Each page of current women legislators also includes a table showing what proportion of each party's elected representatives are women. Percentages on these and all other tables have been rounded up. The Observatory includes a list of all women local councillors in the North and South of Ireland and a gender breakdown of each council. There is also a section listing some of women's historic firsts and other records in British and Irish politics. Click here for a note on the sources used in the compilation of this Observatory.

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CURRENT WOMEN LEGISLATORS

United Kingdom
Women members of the House of Commons
Women members of the House of Lords
Women ministers in the UK Government
Women Government Whips and Deputy Speakers

Republic of Ireland
Women members of Dáil Éireann
Women members of Seanad Éireann
Women ministers in the Irish Government

Devolved Assemblies
Women members of the Scottish Parliament
Women members of the Welsh Assembly
Women members of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Women ministers in Devolved Governments

Europe
Women UK members of the European Parliament
Women Irish members of the European Parliament

Local
Women members of Greater London Assembly
Women members of county councils in the Republic of Ireland
Women members of city and borough councils in the Republic of Ireland

OTHER CATEGORIES OF PUBLIC LIFE

Women judges in the United Kingdom
Women judges in the Republic of Ireland
Women in the United Kingdom civil service
Women in the Irish civil service
Women in the Northern Ireland civil service
Women on public bodies in the United Kingdom

FORMER WOMEN LEGISLATORS

United Kingdom
Former women members of the House of Commons
Former women members of the House of Lords
Former women ministers in UK Governments
Former women Government Whips and Deputy Speakers
Former women Parliamentary Private Secretaries

Republic of Ireland
Former women members of Dáil Éireann
Former women members of Seanad Éireann
Former women ministers in Irish Governments

Devolved Assemblies
Former women members of the Northern Ireland devolved bodies (1921-86)
Former women members in devolved assemblies

Europe
Former women UK members of the European Parliament
Former women Irish members of the European Parliament

OTHER SEARCH OPTIONS

Alphabetical list of all subjects in Observatory

WOMEN'S RECORDS

Women's Political Records
United Kingdom
Ireland

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