As part of Parliament week the Rock is giving you the chance to vote for who you think the most influential woman in politics of 2013 is.
Parliament week aims to raise awareness nationally of important political issues and this year it is celebrating women’s influence on politics. The Rock will write an in depth feature about the woman with the most votes in newspaper’s next issue. The vote is open now and will end at midnight on Sunday 17th November. The candidates are a variety of ages, ethnicity and political persuasions:
Hilary Clinton- Former US Secretary of State
Angela Merkel- Chancellor of Germany
Aung San Suu Kyi- General Secretary and opposition leader for Burma
Julia Gillard- Former Prime Minister of Australia
Christine Lagarde- Manager of the International Monetary fund (former finance minister)
Women face a daily struggle trying to get their voices heard in politics. Britain is currently ranked 58th in the Inter-Parliamentary Union statistics which compares the number of women sitting in parliaments in 188 different countries. Shockingly women only make up 22% of the seats in the House of Commons with only 146 of them sitting in parliament out of a massive 750 seats.
Engaging more women in politics is important so get voting and have your say on who you think the most influential woman in politics this year is. Parliament week will be running from 15th to the 21st November.