Baroness D'Souza to Deliver Next Chrystal Macmillan Lecture
The Lord Speaker Baroness D'Souza will discuss the topic of Ladies in the Lords: Women's Representation in Political Life.
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 will discuss the role of women in the House of Lords past and present, and the impact those Members have on political life.
The lecture will be followed by an 'In Conversation With' session including the Lord Speaker, Professor Fiona MacKay and Baroness Annabel Goldie who was the Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party from 2005 until 2011. In 2013, Baroness Goldie became a life peer in the House of Lords.
Date: 30th October 2014, 5.30pm - 8.15pm
Venue: Meadows Lecture Theatre
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