Women and the Labour Party in Scotland

Fiona Mackay

in The Scottish Labour Party

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617845
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672097 | DOI:
Women and the Labour Party in Scotland

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This chapter analyzes the changing role and status of women in the Scottish Labour Party. It asks how the Labour Party, once characterized as stereotypically masculine, got to this point, and what the prospects are for the future. After giving some historical context, the chapter summarizes some of the key developments since 1979. It distinguishes between two ways of thinking about representation. First, representation as a place at the table, which means women as internal elected party office-holders and as candidates and politicians at different levels of government. Second, representation as a voice in the party, which refers to the structures and opportunities that exist for women as women to organize within the party, to share experiences and build capacity, to campaign for women to take their place in the mainstream, and to articulate gendered policy concerns.

Keywords: Scottish Labour Party; political parties; women's representation; gendered policy concerns

Chapter.  8518 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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