Last night I paid a visit to the 6th Sheffield Guides, who invited me to their meeting to discuss the Go For It challenges they’ve been doing, including talking to women in top jobs. In particular they wanted to know about my life as an MP, and whether I’d ever experienced discrimination as an MP for being a woman.
In recent years the number of women in Parliament has risen drastically. There are 208 women in Parliament, up from just 41 in 1987, and although it’s not yet the equality we work for, significant progress has been made and I hope that can inspire girls and young women to get involved in politics.
We also spoke about some of the things the Guides wanted to become law, as well as taking some questions on local parks and discussing what they liked about living in Heeley. It was really lovely to hear they like the parks and green space, as well as the sense of community.
The Guides have done really good work on raising girls’ aspirations, as well as their great campaigning around positive body image and the No More Page 3 campaign. I was really pleased to be invited along to take part in their meeting and I hope to be back soon.