Posted orginally on the Academy of Government blog >>
Sarah Childs is Professor of Politics and Gender at the University of Bristol. She tweets @profsarahchilds / Meryl Kenny is Lecturer in Gender and Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She tweets @merylkenny / Jessica Smith is a PhD student at Birkbeck, University of London. She tweets @Jess_Smith1534.
The first in a series of five podcasts coinciding with the UK General Election Campaign.
This week Dr Meryl Kenny & Prof Nasar Meer of the University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science, discuss diversity in the campaign & lessons from local elections.
Meryl Kenny suggests that women in the top jobs would send a powerful message about who is fit to lead—and not just in times of crisis.
On the face of it, the results of the Scottish Parliament elections on May 5th 2016 do not look promising for gender equality. Overall women now form 35% of Holyrood, exaqctly the same as in 2011, still down from the 2003 high of 40% but the shift to minority government offers some hope for progress..
This article originally appeared in The Herald
Although, overall, women were slightly less likely to vote Yes than men in the independence referendum, the upswing in voter turnout and in support for the Yes campaign was due in no small part to grassroots women’s organisations campaigning for independence.