E35: Women in Politics – With Hannah Bardell MP and activist Sally Donald

With Hannah Bardell MP and Sally Donald.

With Hannah Bardell MP and Sally Donald.

According to UN analysis early this year, at the current rate, gender equality in the highest positions of power will not be reached for another 130 years.

This shows just how much work is needed to create more gender-balanced and better functioning governance around the world.

Here in Scotland, we have a gender-balanced cabinet and a female First Minister and a female Finance Secretary, but we know there is still much work to be done to level the playing field.

In this episode, Drew talks to Hannah Bardell, MP for Livingston and Sally Donald, Edinburgh Central SNP Women’s Officer about their thoughts on the role of women in politics, the challenges they face and how we go about encouraging more women to get involved in campaigning and front line politics.

Polling post-referendum in 2014 indicate that women were decisive in delivering a No vote, with 57 per cent voting No, while 53 per cent of men voted Yes. Hannah, Sally, and Drew discuss changing attitudes and looking ahead to the next Independence Referendum how women are helping shape the debate.

During their discussion with Drew, both Hannah and Sally talk about the challenges that face women entering politics from a grassroots level and putting themselves forward for election and political life. Their insights into the challenges women face and the benefits of more people-centric policies are thoughtful and well worth a listen.

Follow Hannah on twitter here and on Facebook here.

Follow Sally on twitter here and Edinburgh Central SNP here

Listen to other episodes of Scotland’s Choice here.

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