The government should lead a debate on how to encourage more women to enter politics as part of its electoral reform policies, one campaigner has said. There are only two women in senior roles in the cabinet; Theresa May is home secretary and Caroline Spelman is the environment minister. "This year we are going to discuss a new bill on reforming politics so why don't they, all together in this brave new era for politics, seriously have a debate about how they are going to get more women… in the house,” says Ceri Goddard – Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, an organisation which campaigns for equal rights for women not just in politics but also pay, pensions, justice and poverty. The problem, of course, isn’t limited to the UK, although this week has seen some progress in the US primary elections with victories by several prominent women. Interestingly – as reported by The Washington Post – these victories came without dwelling on gender or women’s issues. In California Meg Whitman is a female billionaire who has translated her business acumen into politics. She rarely talked about gender and campaigned for the majority of the time without her husband or sons present. She presented herself as a strong, solo businesswoman rather than as a mother or wife and in her victory speech she warned the career politicians that they face their worst nightmare “two businesswomen from the real world who know how to create jobs, balance budgets and get things done.” All skills many women in business possess, so why do so few of them make the move to the political arena where these skills are so needed?