I met with Jenny muir this morning. Jenny is a lecturer and lives in South Belfast, and she spoke to me this morning on women in politics. A question we discussed was what is it that puts women off politics? Jenny raised points such as time, the lack of any networks for women in politics, which contributes to making them feel isolated, and how political parties are organised and conduct their business. Each point raised, Jenny had an argument to knock it down. For example – it couldn’t be time, as women went to evening classes and made the necessary child care arrangements, and other social events were well attended by women. So it wasn’t time. Perhaps its a more different learning curve for women in politics. Is it that we aren’t used to formal debate? Then there was the difficulty of being heard and listened to, and being taken seriously by those around us.
In the video Jenny discusses party politics in more detail