From registering to vote right through to Election Day, we’ve identified 7 key steps to support women of Scotland in their political journeys.

Quote: “There is evidence that many under-represented groups (including women) are less likely to have access to the networks, information sources and role models that are a fundamental requirement for candidates seeking political office.”

Quote: “There is evidence that many under-represented groups (including women) are less likely to have access to the networks, information sources and role models that are a fundamental requirement for candidates seeking political office.”

Non-partisan, but entirely political, Scotland’s Women Stand aims to bring all women’s voices into Scottish politics. Between 21st November, 2018 - the centenary of UK women gaining the right to stand for election - and September 2019, we’re showcasing 7 tangible steps women can take to prepare to stand.

These steps are:

  1. Registering to vote and voting

  2. Understanding politics and democracy

  3. Defining your political purpose and allegiances

  4. Deciding your goal – which sphere of government?

  5. Finding your voice – offline and online

  6. Building your team

  7. Running a campaign

Drawing from key government information, political party policies, and stories from women who have stood, we look at how gender equality in politics can become a reality. Yes, we need women to come forward, but this is simply the first step: we also need to support these women after they’ve made the choice to stand, as well as do the hard work to overcome the institutional and societal barriers that continue to hamper gender-equal politics. These are the discussions we’re having over the course of #ScotWomenStand.

Ready to dive in? Let’s look at Step #1: Registering to vote & voting.

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