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18 Aug | Women in Politics

When Theresa May met Nicola Sturgeon


Women have won the fight for equality. Now they should use their power to help the boys

When Theresa May went to visit Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh, they posed for a photograph on the steps of Bute House, the official residence of Scotland’s First Minister. It was one for Mrs Stugeon’s album and she published it on her Twitter account a few hours later.

Politics aside, she said, this picture – of two women running their respective governments – should show girls everywhere that no ambition should be off-limits for them. Her comment was gracious, warm-hearted – and about 25 years out of date.

There’s nothing wrong with young, female ambition in Scotland. Scottish girls are now 43 per cent more likely to be accepted to universities than boys, a figure that would have caused panic if things were the other way around.

The Telegraph (18 August 2016)

(Photograph: The National)