Despite a commitment to women's rights from the outset, the Labour party has yet to have a female leader. Could that be about to change?
Will the unions decide the next Labour leader? Possibly - but most did not see a leadership contest coming and are scrambling to get organised.
As Labour leader Ed Miliband resigns after a crushing defeat in the general election, there are several likely successors, including Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Chuka Umunna.
Unless the polls are criminally inaccurate, a majority government is impossible. So the choice facing people as they put their crosses on the ballot paper is like a proxy vote.