Media types, please note – women you could contact to talk about #indyref in final 6 months

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed my frequent irritation that so many of the political programmes seem to think it’s fine to have all male panels. As Scotland nears the biggest decision it will take in my lifetime, it’s appalling that discussion of our future is left to men in suits. On occasions, there have actually been no women on screen during an entire programme. We make up 52% of the population yet at most a 25% part of television producers’ address books.

With 6 months to go before the independence referendum , it’s time to do something about this. I’ve started to compile a list off the top of my head of women that they could approach. It’s by no means exhaustive, but there are at last count 75 names on it. That’s 15 for every weeknight. Some will already be known to those producers, some will be new. They need to expand their horizons a bit.

This is what I’ve come up with just pretty much from the top of my head. You are bound to have other suggestions so please add them in the comments.


Kate Higgins

Natalie McGarry

Susan Stewart

Alison Thewliss

Kate Joester

Mhairi Hunter

Joyce McMillan

Ruth Wishart

Lesley Riddoch

Carolyn Leckie

Jeane Freeman

20 pro-independence MSPs

I pro indepenedence MP – Dr Eilidh Whiteford


Katrina Murray

Susan Dalgety

Sarah Chisnall

Maria Fyfe

Cat Headley

Jade Holden

Hannah Bettwsorth

Christine Jardine


Angela Moohan

Tessa Hartmann

Talat Yaqoob

25 pro UK MSPs

11 pro UK MPs (10 Labour, 1 Lib Dem)


Juliet Swann from the Electoral Reform Society

Dr Nicola McEwan

Shelagh McKinley

Jane Carnall


About caronlindsay

Scottish Lib Dem internationalist, mum, LGBT+ ally, Doctor Who, Strictly, F1 and trashy tv addict and blogger. Servant to two spaniels. She/her.
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2 Responses to Media types, please note – women you could contact to talk about #indyref in final 6 months

  1. chissy67 says:

    Well done, except you left me off the No list!


  2. caronlindsay says:

    Not any more – you’re on it now. Sorry. I knew I’d do that, but you would be fantastic. Hope to see you on a tv screen somewhere soon.


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