News

Women's representation in politics

Published: 06 Feb 2018 00:01

100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Projects to encourage greater representation of women in political roles at all levels of Scottish society are to be backed by a new £500,000 fund.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set out the measures that will see grants provided for grassroots and local projects across the country to empower more women into politics. 

Speaking ahead of a Parliamentary debate to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, the First Minister said:

“Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote is a great occasion. Not only does it remind us of women’s achievements – it is also a time to inject new momentum into increasing women’s political representation and supporting their contribution to Scottish political and public life.

“While we have a come a long way since 1918, much still needs to be done if we are to eradicate gender inequality and create a fairer and more prosperous country. By supporting community initiatives and women-empowerment projects, we are making an important step towards securing that future.

“This funding will ensure we pay tribute to the women who fought for the rights that women have today, as well as playing a part in encouraging the next generation of women leaders.”

Background

In 1918, the Representation of the People Act was passed, granting the right to vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification. In the same year, the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act was passed, allowing women to become MPs for the first time.

The £500,000 funding will support projects around Scotland aimed at celebrating and commemorating the centenary of women’s suffrage and improving women’s representation in politics. This will include support for Glasgow Women’s Library programme of activity to mark the suffrage centenary.