Friday 28 July 2017

What we can learn from the British about electing more women

Nicola Sturgeon the SNP leader meeting nurses in Edinburgh
Nicola Sturgeon the SNP leader meeting nurses in Edinburgh

Niamh Gallagher

Last week, as all but the hardcore election watchers slept, the UK accomplished quite a feat - jumping a whole 20 places in the Interparliamentary Union ranking of female political representation, from 59th to 39th place out of 190 countries. Overnight, the UK went from a parliament made up of just 22pc women to 29pc, almost one in every three. Now, 190 of the 650 MPs at Westminster are female, the highest number ever. Cameron has appointed 11 women to ministerial positions in his cabinet of 26 and the Labour shadow cabinet is balanced: half male, half female.

It is a striking change, and a welcome one.

But it should not come as a surprise.

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