How to get women into politics…

Interesting discussion on Hearts and Minds on the absence of women in political life. Is it, as Catriona Ruane argues, about using tools like affirmative action to bring about a critical mass, so that the political culture changes (though DUP councillor Deidre Nelson asks, “what happened to the ‘Blair babes’?). Or is it, as Naomi Long suggests, about confronting the roots of discrimnation within the party early on. Note: Although the UUP have one woman MP (100% of their Westminster representation), they have no female MLAs, which is presumably why they were not on the panel.PS: any suggestions how we might more women bloggers on Slugger, respectfully received…

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