International Women’s Day – Dolly Theis

To mark International Women’s Day, the Sixth Form Team were delighted to welcome Dolly Theis, co-founder of 50:50 Parliament to talk to Year 12 and 13 about the 50:50 campaign #AskHerToStand which seeks to redress the imbalance in parliamentary representation. Currently men outnumber women 2:1 in Parliament.

Dolly joined 50:50 Parliament in 2015. In 2016 she co-founded the #AskHerToStand campaign to help more women get selected and elected. Dolly is completing her Ph.D at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, and previously worked as a researcher for the Centre for Social Justice and prior to that for Baroness Jenkin in the House of Lords. She ran Charlotte Leslie’s 2015 election campaign and stood herself as the Conservative Party candidate in Vauxhall in 2017, where four out of the six candidates were women. She remains friends with her women opposition candidates to this day and, with them, champions having more women MPs. Dolly is an ambassador of military veterans charity Forward Assist, helping build their women veterans campaigns, and of ex-offenders employment charity Tempus Novo.

Dolly Theis is a wonderful female role-model and we hope she will join us at Channing for a careers talk in the near future.