A prominent MP visited Kirkby on Saturday as part of the Women in Politics conference which took place at the Ashwood Centre.
The Rt Hon Harriet Harman, who is deputy leader of the Labour party, addressed a conference of MPs, councillors and activists on some of the barriers currently facing women in politics, business and the media.
Afterwards, members were given the opportunity to ask their own questions and raise issues.
Some of the themes that emerged from the conference included how women can be taken seriously in meetiings, how to make their voices heard and the living wage.
Vicky Street, a spokeswoman for Labour East Midlands, said: “Harriet talked about how we can encourage women to put themselves forward as councillors and there were discussions about how we can build on that in parliament. She is very keen to make sure we have better representation in parliament.”