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The best of #IWD2018 from Lib Dems across the UK

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. It’s an important day, celebrating the achievements of women across all aspects of society – and also as a rallying cry to achieve gender equality.

At Liberal Democrat Expand, we recognise that there is a lot to do. Women comprise little over a third of MPs, and an IPPR study (2017) showed that only 33% of councillors and 17% of council leaders are women.

And there is a lot to do within our own party as well. Too often we run all male slates of candidates. Too often our events are completely skewed towards men. We’ve written before about how important it is to build diverse local parties and some of the steps that can be taken toward that goal. (Read here).

It was encouraging, therefore, to see yesterday lots of fantastic contributions towards International Women’s Day and #PressForProgress. Below are some of our favourites. Let us know if there’s anything we should add!

1. Lib Dem HQ – The national party put out this fantastic video from senior figures of the party on Facebook and Twitter.

2. Young Liberals – we saw this go far and wide! The Young Liberals put together an absolutely fantastic thread of inspiring Lib Dem women. Follow them and retweet!
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3. Elaine Bagshaw – Elaine had a fantastic piece on Lib Dem Voice, where she talked about the importance of #AskHerToStand. She tells us what we can do to make a gender balanced Parliament a reality (and to make it happen in less than 50 years!)

4. Haringey Lib Dems – this was particularly good! Haringey Lib Dems shared a video featuring some of their women candidates (for this May’s Council elections), asking why they were standing. It’s been viewed by over 3,000 people – and featured in an excellent fundraising email to supporters.

5. Jo Swinson – Jo is 🔥🔥🔥 on feminism. She put together a great list on things we can all do to #PressForProgress. (And her new book Equal Power is out now, too!)
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6. Our own list of women building their local parties – we were super happy to see our own list from #Votes100 getting circulated around. It comprises 17 awesome women building their local parties – and links to their fighting funds!

Let us know who we’ve missed. We’re sure lots of fantastic work has been done, and we would love to be sharing it!

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