Authors including Kate Mosse tell the Edinburgh book festival that quotas could address ‘dire’ gender balance in WestminsterQuotas should be introduced to increase the numbers of women in parliament and public life to address the “dire” gender balance in Westminster, authors have told the Edinburgh international book festival.Kamila Shamsie, the novelist, and Kate Mosse, the author and founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, argued that quotas for women in parliament, though according to Mosse “a blunt tool”, could “effect real change”.Mosse, author of novels including Labyrinth and Citadel, founded the former Orange prize for fiction in 1996 – an award that, though firmly established on the literary scene, still provokes debate since only novels by women are eligible.”We all know there is no perfect system so it’s about what might make a change that would be beneficial,” she said.”If you have quotas for women on boards, parliament and so on it takes away that burden for each individual woman to be ‘everywoman’ – to be every single thing that any woman would want represented.”If there is a quota … there is no debate. Women can be there as themselves. Quotas would effect change. If we were living in a …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books