Mr Pyne has called for measures to help support women wanting to join politics, saying the lack of female representation had made the party “suffer”.
He told the ABC’s 7.30 program that young women balancing both family and politics were a “rarity” in the Liberal Party.
“The number of women representing the Liberal Party in the Senate, for example, has not increased, it’s declined, and we need to address that subject,” he said.
“We need to make it a lot easier for younger career-minded women to choose public life, to choose politics and to choose families at the same time… or we’ll not get the very important input that women provide to Cabinets, to Parliaments, to party rooms, which I think we have suffered in the last decade or so in not having enough women in our party room.”
Speaking on the support he received from his own wife, Mr Pyne questioned whether the same level existed for his female colleagues.
“It’s a real question about whether women in the Liberal Party have that same level of support from their husbands, who are by and large of course, in careers of their own,” he said.
“It is a subject that we need to focus on as a party.”
‘Our goal should be nothing less than the equal participation of women’
Mr Pyne’s comments follow a pledge put forward by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
Addressing the Labor Party national conference on Friday, Mr Shorten said it was time to end “the debilitating gender divide”.
“If Australia can lead the way in equality for women, then we will truly be the richest nation in the world,” he said.
“Our goal should be nothing less than the equal participation of women in work – equal pay for women at work and an equal voice for women across our parliament.
“So let this Conference declare, by 2025 50 per cent of Labor’s representatives will be women.”
The push for more female politicians comes five months after the election of the country’s first female-dominated political team in Queensland.
Eight women were named as cabinet ministers in Queensland’s new Labor Government in February, alongside six men.
Outside of Queensland, Victoria’s cabinet was the closest to reaching gender equality with women accounting for 41 per cent of the positions as of February 16.
At a federal level, women account for 11 per cent of ministerial positions with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Health Minister Sussan Ley working with 17 male colleagues.