Women should con­sider run­ning for of­fice

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

THIS month marks a hun­dred years since women were al­lowed to stand for par­lia­ment. We’ve come a long way since then!

My own party – the Con­ser­va­tives – has pro­duced not one, but two fe­male Prime Min­is­ters.

Now, more than ever, it is es­sen­tial that more women take the step and be­come in­volved in pol­i­tics – at lo­cal or na­tional level – be­cause it is vi­tal that we are in­volved in mak­ing de­ci­sions that af­fect day-to-day lives.

There is no deny­ing it – it can be tough. Jug­gling a fam­ily, a job and time in the coun­cil cham­ber is some­times a strug­gle, but it is a worth­while strug­gle.

The sense of sat­is­fac­tion at be­ing able to help lo­cal peo­ple is sec­ond to none, as is the feel­ing of re­ally be­long­ing to the com­mu­nity that we serve.

On this spe­cial an­niver­sary, I would like to en­cour­age all women, what­ever their po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sion, to think about putting them­selves for­ward for of­fice.

It is a right our fore­bears fought for and an op­por­tu­nity which we shouldn’t be afraid to grasp. Cllr Carolyn Web­ster New­cas­tle ward Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil

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Theresa May, the UK’s sec­ond fe­male Prime Min­is­ter

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