I was on STV's Scotland Tonight (14.8.12) talking about the absence of women from TV debate about Scotland's future. It was suggested that one problem for broadcasters is not having enough "good women" to contact and relying on whoever is nominated by the political parties.
So here are a few suggestions! This list may not be completely accurate, it will accidentally have omitted some brilliant women speakers, and may contain names of folk who can't say what
they'd like in public because of their day job. The names below have all been nominated by folk in just three days of "crowd-sourced" contributions on my Facebook Page, Twitter account and blog. I'm in the midst of doing daily shows at the Fringe (tickets on the door 6pm nightly till August 24th www.scottishsix.com) and haven't the time to check forensically – but better good enough and online than perfect and unpublished! Maybe a broadcaster can finesse the list further and do Scottish civic society a service by publishing it. I'm presuming all female MPS and MPs are already known to broadcasters. Even without 45 female MSPs and 13 female Scottish MPs (and a stack of councillors) there are over 100 capable women ready to talk. At least this demonstrates how many women could speak on TV about almost anything if they were asked and "usual suspects" of both sexes – including folk like me – were used less.
- Nasreen Aksi – restauranteur and Scottish Asian Bizwoman of the Year
- Susan Archibald - disability campaigner
- Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh --Founder of Scottish Asian Women's Association, lawyer
- Professor Isobel Anderson, Stirling Uni - expert on Homelessness
- Karen Anderson, Architect and past Convenor for the Saltire Housing Awards Panel
- Susan Aktemel -- Impact Arts, Scottish Social Entrepreneur of the Year
- Amanda Britain - housing/community care consultant
- Alice Brown - academic; politics, gender, very long CV