Gender on the agenda? Women AMs in the Fifth Assembly

Laura McAllister

Wales and its democratic institution has enjoyed an unexpected and unprecedented global reputation for equality. The four Assemblies since 1999 have never had fewer than 25 women (out of 60). Consistently above 40% female representation is remarkable for a country that, prior to last year’s General Election, had only ever elected thirteen female MPs since the ‘Act of Union’ in 1536 (and seven of these were selected by all-women shortlists).

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