John Smith Centre at the Festival of Politics 2019

Issued: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:00:00 BST

FoP 2019 panel resized

From L-R Danielle Rowley MP, Talat Yaqoob, Andrew Marr, Ruth Davidson MSP, Dr Meryl Kenny

On Saturday 12th October, the John Smith Centre was pleased to return to the Scottish Parliament’s annual Festival of Politics with a roundtable event titled ‘She’s Running! How Women Can Stand and Succeed.’ 

Chaired by BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr, the panel featured leading female figures in public service, including Ruth Davidson MSP, Talat Yaqoob, Dr Meryl Kenny, and Danielle Rowley MP. 

The panel touched on various issues surrounding women in politics, including the difficulties of combining motherhood and public office, the merits of all-women shortlists, the brutality of social media trolling towards women in public life, and the importance of an intersectional approach when looking at issues of inequality 

The audience also contributed questions which led to discussions on topics like increasing aggression in the language of political debate; gender bias in the media and how it impacts on political reporting; and advice from the panel on standing for election as a woman.  

The wide-ranging discussion proved illuminating and engaging and offered some useful insights into how we could redress the gender balance in politics.  

For a more detailed synopsis of the event, see this live-tweet thread from the John Smith Centre.