Prior to the election in 2010 David Cameron pledged that his first cabinet would comprise one-third women and would be the most family friendly ever. Since forming the Coalition Government, he appears to have a 'problem' with women. We argue that this problem stems from: the weak representation of women in cabinet and across government; the diminishing resources available to government actors to support gender equality policy; and women's exclusion from the key Coalition networks, both formal and informal, that determine government policy. © The Authors 2012. The Political Quarterly © The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd. 2012.