During a Commons debate on International Women’s Day, Barbara paid tribute to the contribution that women make in our community.
International Women’s Day takes place on 8 March each year, and thousands of events take place around the world to celbrate the achievements of women, provide inspiration, and also raise awareness of difficulties facing women. To mark the day at Westminster, a special debate was held, giving MPs the chance to share experiences from their own constituencies.
Barbara took the opportunity to pay tribute to the work that women do locally:
“Women play an important role in volunteering and working in the community. When I was a parliamentary candidate, I noticed that all the tenants’ or community groups to whom I spoke were run by women. I salute the women in my constituency who run community, tenants’ and residents’ groups. The estates in my community would not work as well as they do without the wonderful women who run them.”
Barbara went on to emphasise the importance of positive role models, in encouraging women to fulfil their potential:
“I was the first woman MP for Worsley and the first woman MP to represent Wigan. Since then, I am happy to say that the two local authorities, Salford and Wigan, have both appointed women Chief Executives. Barbara Spicer and Joyce Redfearn are excellent women and I hope that their appointment makes a difference in those authorities. They must be exceptional people already because only 21 per cent of local authority Chief Executives are women. There are, sadly, very few in the north-west region. We have some way to go in local government.”
Barbara marks International Women's Day with Minister for Women & Equalities Meg Munn MP, and Barbara Follett MP