Chloe Smith is now the UK's youngest MP having won the Norwich North byelection. She is also a welcome addition to the ranks of female Conservative MPs. Around 19 per cent of our MPs are women at the moment, but if the Conservatives win the next general election as seems likely, that proportion could well go down rather than up. In his leadership acceptance speech four years ago, David Cameron promised to change the 'scandalous under-representation of women in the Conservative party'. The Observer has an interesting article on the progress that has been made since then, complete with pictures of some of the women who will stand at the next general election - because after all what they look like is far more important than what they would do if they were elected.
The UK is 51st in the world rankings of proportion of women in parliament, way behind Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea. Rwanda and Sweden are the countries closest to the 50/50 split. The Fawcett Society website has a section on women in politics, including an article on why women's representation matters.