The responsibilities of raising a family can deter many women from continuing their careers in TV - though an obsession with beauty remains.
As I prepare to leave the political beat to move abroad, I thought I'd dedicate my last ITV News blog to the issue of women in Westminster.
Attacks against women continue to rise across Pakistan. Unlicensed acid is easily available, and perpetrators are treated too leniently.
People around the world celebrate International Women's Day, staging protests against women's rights abuses.
The UN writes that the day, celebrated on March 8, is an occasion to commemorate achievements in women's rights and to call for further change.
The celebration dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century and has been observed by the United Nations since 1975.
1.7 million fewer women are taking part in sport than men, despite the success of female athletes in Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, according to Sport England.
The organisation has raised concerns women were lagging behind, as nearly 6.8 million women play sport at least once a week versus 8.5 million men.
A further 12 million women wanted to take part in more physical activity than they currently were able to, they said.
The culture, media and sport select committee is meeting to discuss how to get more women playing sport with minister for sport Helen Grant later today.
Director of Public Prosecutions Kier Starmer said today's figures on rates of conviction for violent crimes against women and girls "sends a powerful message perpetrators."
Describing today's figures as a "result of a decade of change" and progress, he said:
There is no doubt that until recently the criminal justice system was failing women and girls. For example ten years ago, less than half the domestic violence cases that we prosecuted ended in convictions – that has gone up to three in four today.
The evidence is clear that ten years of progress is paying off and not only are the conviction rates steadily increasing, but our service to victims is also improving. These results send a powerful message to perpetrators that they are more likely than ever to be convicted for their crimes.
Polly Neate, chief executive if Women's Aid has welcomed the CPS figures on rates of conviction for cases of violence against women and girls, but stressed too few cases reach the stage of prosecution.
We welcome the increase in conviction rates for domestic and sexual violence in the past twelve months, and feel it reflects the increasing seriousness with which the CPS is addressing violence against women and girls.
There is evidence of a real commitment to improving the policies and responses of the CPS at a senior level and significant advancements have been made. However, still too few cases reach prosecution.
Effective prosecution is essential to sending a strong message to perpetrators that domestic violence is never acceptable, and helps to build confidence in the judicial system.
The Crown Prosecution Service has achieved its highest ever rape and domestic violence conviction rates, new data shows.
- 63.2% of rape prosecutions resulted in conviction (up from 62.
- 74.3% of domestic violence prosecutions resulted in conviction (up from 62.5% last year)
- 75.1% of child abuse prosecutions resulted in conviction (up from 74.3%
The figures are based on cases when the crime is handed from police to the CPS,
The number of men accused of rape who are then charged with the crime has increased from 42.1% to 47.2%, the CPS revealed.
The number of convictions for cases of violence against woman has increased to record levels for the second year running, new research by the Crime Prosecutions Service (CPS) reveals.
Overall this year, three out of four cases resulted in a conviction. Conviction rates also went up in cases of domestic violence, rape and other sexual offences, forced marriage, honour based violence, child abuse and human trafficking, according to the CPS.
New figures released Labour reveal that only 7% of the total TV workforce (on and off-screen) are women over the age of 50.
Meanwhile, the majority of TV presenters who are over 50 are men (82%).
Miriam O'Reilly, who won an employment tribunal against the BBC on the grounds of ageism, said:
These figures raise the obvious questions of where have all the older women gone and why did they go? Was it their choice to leave their jobs or was it a decision forced upon them?
The broadcasters say they are committed to the fair representation of older women, but the figures don't bear that out.
I'd like to know the reasons why so many talented women have disappeared, while their male counterparts have grown older and still have their jobs.
Women on television are affected by a "combination of ageism and sexism" that does not apply to men, according to new figures released by Labour.
Harriet Harman, shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport, asked the six main UK broadcasters how many older women they employ on screen and behind the camera.
The findings were that while the majority of over 50s in the UK are women (53.1%), the overwhelming majority of TV presenters who are over 50 are men (82%).
It was discovered that only 7% of the total TV workforce (on and off-screen) are women over the age of 50.
Ms Harman said: "The figures provided by broadcasters show clearly that once female presenters hit 50, their days on-screen are numbered.
"It is an encouraging first step that broadcasters have been open in providing these statistics. Their response shows that they all recognise that this is an important issue that needs to be addressed.
"I will be publishing these figures annually so we are able to monitor progress."
Ms Harman will also be holding a roundtable with broadcasters in the House of Commons today to challenge them to take action.