Fund to encourage more women to enter politics ‘a tribute to suffragettes’
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the £500,000 package will build on the legacy of votes for women 100 years on.
Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £500,000 fund to drive greater representation of women in Scottish politics in “tribute” to the suffragettes.
The First Minister said much progress had been made since women won the right to vote a century ago but stressed that more action is needed.
The Scottish Government fund will provide grants for local initiatives across Scotland to encourage women to take up political roles and to projects commemorating the 100th anniversary, including those run by Glasgow Women’s Library.
2018 marks the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave some women the vote for the first time. Although it did not extend the vote to all women (you had to be over 30 and meet a minimum property qualification), it helped to pave the way for equal franchise. This photograph, used with permission from LSE LIbrary, shows suffragettes in tartan sashes. This year, we’ll be making sure than the names of Scottish Suffragettes are more widely known as we celebrate #Vote100. #GlasgowWomensLibrary #GWL #Glasgow #Suffragettes #Suffrage #Women #Museum #Library #Archive
Speaking ahead of a Holyrood debate celebrating a century of women’s suffrage in the UK, Ms Sturgeon 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.”