The reason why I'm thinking of running for Ross
Carol Hunt finds that, despite saying that women should be more involved in politics, actually putting herself forward for election isn't such an easy decision
Sometimes it can be quite comforting to hold two contradictory opinions at the same time. In psychological language that's known as 'cognitive dissonance', but I prefer the simpler Orwellian political term, which is 'doublethink'.
For many years now, I've been guilty of just that. My Twitter handle outs me quite clearly as a feminist, which does not, of course, mean that I hate men, but that I believe in equality between the sexes. Feminists brought women the vote and the right to own our own homes. What woman doesn't support that?
I like to think that if I had been alive in the early 20th century, I would have been campaigning for women's suffrage. Recently, I've been very vocal about my support of gender quotas in politics and elsewhere. And over the years, I've written many articles and spoken at events where I've articulated the need for more women to get involved in Irish politics. If women had made up at least 85pc of our political representatives since the founding of the State, the men would be up in arms, and rightly so, is what I argue.