“Women2Win is a support network, a mentor, a cheerleader, a grapevine, a trainer and a strategic counsel for women wanting to serve in public life. Without it there would undoubtedly be fewer women MPs. Without it a 50:50 Parliament won’t be achieved."
- The Rt. Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Portsmouth North (2010)
Women2Win are leading the campaign to elect more Conservative women to Parliament, with the support of a broad cross section of men and women from the Conservative Party.
Our mission is to ensure the Conservative Party is representative of the British people and fairly represents women at all levels of politics. Women2Win aims to increase the number of Conservative women in Parliament and in public life, and is committed to identifying, training and mentoring female candidates for public office.
Women2Win was founded in 2005 by Baroness Jenkin of Kennington and Rt Hon Theresa May MP to address the need for more female Conservative candidates and MPs.
In 2005 there were just 17 Conservative women MPs, representing only 9% of the parliamentary party. Now, after fifteen years and four elections, there are 87 female Conservative MPs, which is over 20% - but not enough! We also assist high calibre women seeking public appointments, as well as Councillors, Association Officers and Police and Crime Commissioners.
Women2Win is campaigning to promote the brightest and best women the party has to offer and further convince Conservative Associations of the benefits of putting their trust in female candidates. We believe that if the gender balance of candidates reflects that of modern Britain, the Conservative Party will increase its support at the ballot box.
In 2005 we were grateful to have the support of Rt Hon David Cameron when he identified that more needed to be done to tackle the lack of female representation in Parliament. We continue to make that change a reality. Britain needs a modern and rejuvenated Conservative Party, made up of the most talented and able women and men the Party has to offer – and because of this, the Conservative Party needs Women2Win.
Over 40 years ago the Conservative Party elected its first female leader who went on to run the country, and we are proud that our second female Conservative Prime Minister was our Co-Founder, Rt Hon Theresa May MP. Theresa has, and continues to tirelessly support women in Parliament and across all aspects of public life.