The gender deficit in Irish Politics

Irish government has been male dominated since the foundation of the state and women remain a minority presence in politics. At no time has the proportion of women in the Dáil exceeded 14%. The fact that half the population are underrepresented in public affairs is fundamentally undemocratic. Women’s absence from decision making also raises questions about the legitimacy of national decision making. Four of the nine candidates for People before Profit are women. We will bring a fresh perspective to policy making and bring new issues on the political agenda such as

the lack of affordable child care and consequent strain of doing the 'double shift' as women need to work but are still repsonsible for housework
tackling the glass ceiling that still exists in the work place
The gender pay gap
the segregation of wowen in low paid employment

People Before Profit Candidate Dublin South Election 2011