Meet Mhairi Join the fight for equal­ity

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Last week saw the cel­e­bra­tion of 100 years since the 1918 Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Peo­ple Act, which gave women in Bri­tain aged over 30 the right to vote.

This was just the start of a long jour­ney for women and, since then, we have come a long way in cre­at­ing a more equal so­ci­ety.

How­ever, we still have a long way to go if we are ever to see a truly equal so­ci­ety for both men and women.

The SNP group at West­min­ster fights ev­ery day to try and cor­rect inequal­i­ties such as the rape clause, the gen­der pay cap and the tam­pon tax – to name just a few.

The UK Par­lia­ment will be host­ing a se­ries of events over the next year through the Vote 100 pro­gramme to mark this oc­ca­sion.

Par­lia­ment will be host­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, events, talks and tours to raise aware­ness of the suf­frage move­ment.

Lo­cal groups and schools are urged to get in­volved.

If your group or school would like to get in­volved please send an email to par­lia­  With Par­lia­ment in re­cess this week, I get to spend more time in the con­stituency meet­ing with con­stituents and lo­cal groups.

I am es­pe­cially look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing the STAR Project in Pais­ley later on this week.

The STAR Project has been work­ing to build safer and more con­nected com­mu­ni­ties in Pais­ley since 1999.

They do vi­tal work in and around Pais­ley, of­fer­ing sup­port to lo­cal peo­ple and help­ing them to gain skills.

One of the perks of be­ing an MP is get­ting to go along and speak to pupils at lo­cal schools about the work that we do as politi­cians.

The younger gen­er­a­tion have so much knowl­edge and in­sight when it comes to pol­i­tics.

The Scot­tish In­de­pen­dence Ref­er­en­dum in 2014 en­gaged many peo­ple in pol­i­tics who had never had an in­ter­est be­fore.

It is good to see that the de­sire for po­lit­i­cal knowl­edge is still alive in our school stu­dents.

I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing Mary Rus­sell School and Glenif­fer High School in the weeks ahead.

Top perk Mhairi en­joys chat­ting with school chil­dren and is pic­tured here at West­min­ster with young­sters from Glenif­fer High in 2015

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