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What does the EU referendum mean for women?

  • Date(s)
    8 March 2016
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    Policy Network, 11 Tufton Street, Westminster, SW1P 3QB
What does the EU referendum mean for women?

Women voters could hold the key to the EU referendum. There are one million more women than men in the UK. The polls show that women are nearly twice as likely as men to be undecided about Europe. They also suggest that women are more open to changing their minds than men and are less certain about whether they will vote.

It is therefore imperative for progressives to prosecute the arguments that will convince women voters of the benefits of remaining in the European Union.

The evidence suggests that these arguments are much more likely to be effective with women by using local and personal examples of the benefits that have been won at European level, benefits that will be lost if we were to leave.

To coincide with International Women’s Day, Policy Network will host a topical discussion with politicians and opinion formers about what those arguments should be and how they should be communicated most effectively to women in the run up to 23 June.



Emma Reynolds MP, Labour MP and former shadow Europe minister
Cordelia Hay, associate director, BritainThinks
Ania Plomien, assistant professor in gender and social policy, LSE Gender Institute
Sam Smethers, chief executive, Fawcett Society
Catherine Mayer, co-founder- Women's Equality Party


Ayesha Hazarika, guest editor, Progress magazine and former adviser to Harriet Harman MP



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