Conservative Party Policies for Women

The Conservative Party wants to give women real choice over their own lives - something that remains elusive for too many women in 21st Century Britain. They will focus on five main areas:

  • Women in the workplace
  • Vulnerable women
  • Women in their communities
  • Women and ethnicity
  • Women in international development

They have already announced a number of policies, including:

  • Measures to tackle the gender pay gap, including stronger legislation to prevent employers discriminating and better careers guidance for young women.
  • The extension of the right to request flexible working to all parents with children under the age of 18.
  • The introduction of a new system of flexible parental leave, so parents can decide how to divide paid maternity leave between them and are able to make use of it simultaneously.
  • A new strategy to tackle violence against women, including a greater focus on preventative work in schools, better training for police and front-line professionals and new rape crisis centres.

A Conservative government will follow a joined-up, common sense approach to women's issues and make our society fairer for everybody.


Maria Miller MP

Rt Hon Maria Miller MP

Maria Miller is Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport and Minister for Women. She has been MP for Basingstoke since May 2005.