The UK parliament is male-dominated, two thirds of the British Parliament is made up of men and this situation is no longer tolerable.
A new political fund for women called Activate, has launched with the aim of supporting women from underrepresented groups to run for office.
Emma Thompson donated £50,000 to support the first group of female candidates from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds.
These candidates are 11 women running for different parties in the local and mayoral elections across five parts of England.
The list comprises one disabled woman and some women of colour. Seven of the candidates are from working class.
Emma tells why she has decided to support this initiative “Our political system was built for men who — generally — had women to do everything else for them. Women are often the providers of that unpaid support rather than beneficiaries, therefore women who wish to enter the political system need financial support — and women of colour, disabled women and women on low income need particular support to overcome multiple barriers to their participation.”