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.
I pro indepenedence MP – Dr Eilidh Whiteford
11 pro UK MPs (10 Labour, 1 Lib Dem)
Juliet Swann from the Electoral Reform Society