Ladies in the Lords: Women's Representation in Political Life
- Ladies in the Lords: Women's Representation in Political Life
- Speaker: Baroness D'Souza # Lord Speaker, House of Lords; Speaker: Baroness Goldie # Life Peer, House of Lords
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- Date and Time
- 30th Oct 2014 17:30 30th Oct 2014 20:15
- Meadows Lecture Theatre
In 1958 the Life Peerages Act enabled women (as well as those without an inherited title) to sit in the House of Lords for the very first time. Today there are 189 women in the House – including entrepreneurs, educationalists, academics, government ministers past and present, MSPs, athletes, broadcasters, authors, former heads of the security services and clerics amongst others.
Baroness D’Souza was elected Lord Speaker in 2011, after leading the Crossbench group in the Lords. Prior to entering the House of Lords, she worked around the world on humanitarian, education and human rights issues. During her lecture she discussed the role of women in the House of Lords past and present, and the impact those Members have on political life.
The lecture was followed by an 'In Conversation With' session including the Lord Speaker, Professor Fiona MacKay and Baroness Annabel Goldie, Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party from 2005 until 2011, now a life peer within the House of Lords.