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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Why Women Should Vote Yes

Why Women Should Vote Yes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

There are many strong arguments for independence and I have been a life-long supporter of it. However, there is one argument worth emphasising that could better the conditions in many...

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Women aren't risk averse or fickle ... just busy fighting for survival

Women aren't risk averse or fickle ... just busy fighting for survival | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE travails of womankind are many, but being told how you think by Alistair Carmichael must count as a new one.
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I have to admit to being more than a little perplexed by the apparent reluctance of women to support the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status. I say "apparent" advisedly, because there is every possibility that this is merely a statistical artefact - a product of the way polls are conducted - rather than solid evidence of different attitudes.

 

The one thing we should all avoid are those cringe-inducing generalisations about women that trip so easily off the tongues of thoughtless men. Women are not a homogeneous group. They are as diverse and complex as any other section of the population. Simplistic analysis is as meaningless as it is offensive.

 

We are often told that women are put off by male-dominated politics that is partisan, confrontational and aggressive. The suggestion is that politics has to change in order to accommodate women. Or that women need a special area fenced-off from normal political discourse. A girls-only zone where those rough boys are not allowed. I have always been highly dubious of such arguments. In my experience, women are every bit as capable as men of mixing it in the political bear-pit.

 

If women do not participate in politics to the same extent that men do it is not because they are deterred by the inherently adversarial nature of politics. It is because they have less opportunities to do so due mainly to the practicalities of their daily lives. It is not politics that needs to change, it is the conditions imposed on women by a social order that tends to exploit the disadvantaged. And women, in general, are disadvantaged relative to men. Not because of any male conspiracy to dominate, but simply because "the system" perpetuates and exacerbates existing disadvantage.

 

The reality is that the vast majority of men have no more choice in their lives than women. And no more power to change their lot than most women. Our roles are allocated to us, and we make the best we can of it. Any woman who aspires to same social advantage and political power that I enjoy simply as a consequence of being male really needs to raise her sights a bit.

 

Just as I reject the idea that women need a special kind of politics, so I dispute the notion that there is some special women's category of arguments in the referendum debate. There are no "women's topics". And there are no topics which do not also concern men. It is as condescending and insulting to men to suggest that they are not concerned about childcare as it is to suggest that the ladies aren't inclined to worry their pretty little heads about defence.

 

There are, of course, differences of emphasis; differences of prioritisation; differences of perspective on the issues. But there are not different sets of issues marked "His" and "Hers". The differences of emphasis, prioritisation and perspective exist at the individual level. There is as much diversity among women as there is among men.

 

We don't need a message specially formulated for a female audience. The positive, aspirational message of the Yes campaign has a broad appeal that addresses all of the people of Scotland. The rational arguments are not gender-specific. We need only ensure that the practicalities of their lives are not an impediment to women being able to access this message and these arguments.

 

Campaigners should organise events and activities mindful of the constraints that fall most particularly on women. If you're a man, think about how you can make it easier for your partner to attend events and participate in activities. Above all, do not unthinkingly exclude the women around you on the basis of a facile assumption that they are not interested in politics. Women don't need special treatment. They just need to be treated like people.

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Let's hear it for the changemakers, for they are voting Yes

Considering all of this instils in me a confidence that not only will Scotland vote yes for independence but that a majority of women aged 25 to 54 will also eventually journey to Yes. Why? Becaus...
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Rallying cry: Salmond inspires troops at last SNP conference before referendum

Rallying cry: Salmond inspires troops at last SNP conference before referendum | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ALEX Salmond yesterday promoted two more women to his Cabinet in a clear attempt to win over female voters in the referendum as he set out a vision of a fairer and more noble Scotland under independence.
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Alex Salmond sets out to woo Scotland's women

Alex Salmond sets out to woo Scotland's women | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
In the run up to the 1997 General Election, the SNP campaign in Stranraer was visited by Alex Salmond. The day started with some street work in the town centre and activists and members turned out ...
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Wean's World

Wean's World | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
By Fiona MacInnes When my children were young I never had time to read columns like this, I was like many women simply getting through each day surviving. Mothering is the most difficult job there ...
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Gender equality can increase prosperity in an independent Scotland

Gender equality can increase prosperity in an independent Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Women for Independence By Michelle Thomson, Managing Director of Business for Scotland and Michael Gray, Researcher. Gender remains an important factor in the economic structure of both Scotland and the UK. Economic opportunities are strongly linked to gender. For this reason, economic decisions in
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Nicola Sturgeon: 'Win over women and we'll win the referendum' - Telegraph

Nicola Sturgeon: 'Win over women and we'll win the referendum' - Telegraph | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Deputy First Minister puts independence gender gap back in the spotlight as new poll shows just one in four women back Scottish separation
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Deputy First Minister's speech will point to gains of independence for women

Deputy First Minister's speech will point to gains of independence for women | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

In a keynote address at the Scottish Women's Convention in Glasgow on Saturday, the Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will set out "six gains of independence" for women - focusing on childcare, the minimum wage, equalities issues, pensions, benefits, and economic opportunities.


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Yes campaign struggling to attract women voters

THE SNP's struggle to win over women voters in the referendum campaign is highlighted by a new poll for The Herald today.
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Reaching out from here

Reaching out from here | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Whenever there is a discussion of women’s voting intentions in the referendum, it’s striking how quickly it all slides into stereotyping. Maybe that’s inevitable when you set out to examine the collective motivations of a group of diverse individuals who basically have one characteristic in common. Sometimes it feels like asking what all red-haired or right-handed people think.


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Inside Track: Nationalists and women voters

WHY does Alex Salmond have a problem with women?

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International Women's Day | Scottish National Party

International Women's Day | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

On International Women’s Day, MP Eilidh Whiteford has called on women in Scotland to play a central role in achieving independence as new figures show women in the UK have lower job security, greater pay inequality and are less likely to be in work compared to women in other OECD countries.

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Quotas for women on boards in an independent Scotland?

Quotas for women on boards in an independent Scotland? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

In his speech to the SNP conference in Aberdeen, the First Minister stated: "In an independent Scotland, we will want our companies to aspire to at least 40 per cent female participation on their boards." Better Together at once suggested that this smacked of a desperate appeal to women voters,

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Women-only Cabinet event to debate independence

Women-only Cabinet event to debate independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A WOMEN-only Scottish Cabinet event will be held to debate issues related to the independence referendum.
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Margo MacDonald urged women to vote ‘Yes’

Margo MacDonald urged women to vote ‘Yes’ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
MARGO MacDONALD called for women to back independence in her final TV interview, to be aired next week.
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Independent Women

Independent Women | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

In the week we lost Margo MacDonald, the SNP finally, finally announced some breakthrough policies for women. Call it politics, call it one-upmanship (sic), I don't care. I'm pret...

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Sowing seeds

Sowing seeds | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Dear Scottish women, It seems that we're letting the side down a bit here. If the same percentage of us were willing to vote Yes as the men, we'd be home and dry come September 18th, living in a nu...
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Independence is nothing for mothers to be feart of

Motherhood is a struggle. To be good enough. To make the right decisions. And I think this daily dilemma is at the heart of women's reticence about independence. The worry, the responsibility to do...
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Women For Independence - Our Voices - YouTube

This year Scotland faces a big decision. In our video many women come together to deliver one message - that is for all women in Scotland to ensure they part...
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Boom and bust

Boom and bust | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
We've been documenting lately the number of "Better Together" scare stories that have been horribly sagging under the weight of scrutiny since the turn of the year. But yesterday saw perhaps the No...
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Eilidh Whiteford MP for Banff & Buchan: Women Stand to Gain Most from a YES Vote

The Scottish National Party's Work and Pensions Spokesperson at Westminster, Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP, said today [Saturday] that it was important that women debate the opportunities offered by the independence referendum, and argued that women had the most to gain from a Yes vote.

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Analysis of welfare reforms 'strengthens case for Scottish independence'

Analysis of welfare reforms 'strengthens case for Scottish independence' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scotland's deputy first minister says Westminster's reforms will have a disproportionate impact on women
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What women don't want

What women don't want | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Forgive us another rummage around in our poll data, but we didn’t do a lot of study into gender differences in our first wave of analysis, and we were struck by something this morning as we idly browsed through the question about what Scots were scared of.

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Let's Go Beyond 'UK-OK'

Let's Go Beyond 'UK-OK' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Is your experience that ‘everything’s fine’ at the moment? In the first of a series of guest posts by women voting Yes next year, here’s Kirsty McAlpine from Inverness with her thoughts on the lack of aspiration for a better society among many people and the need for women to speak out about the positive options ahead …

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