Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland slams lack of female representation in politics

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The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland has called for more female representation in politics.

She hopes that young girls seeing women in positions of power will lead to a far more level playing field in the future.

Appearing on a live recording of “The Guilty Feminist” podcast from Vicar Street, Gilliland addressed increasing the visibility and promotion of women within her role.

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She said: “I think by being a woman you’re already making the role of Lord Mayor more visible. There have been 353 Lord Mayors and I’m the tenth female.

“One of the big challenges is to get women onto the council. There are some councils around the country where there might only be one female.

“Getting them into that room is the first challenge.”

The trailblazer also addressed the small number of women given the Freedom of the City of Dublin over the years, something that has deeply bothered her during her time in office.

82 people have been granted the Freedom of Dublin since 1876. Only five of these recipients were women.

She has invited author Clodagh Finn to write a list of female achievers in a book called ‘Her Keys to the City”, in an effort to remember the great Irish women of the past.

She said: “I thought that I would rebalance things and nominate 80 females but they all have to be living. I still wanted to recognise all those women because it should have happened.

“Education has a big role to play and that goes from babies up. I would hope by promoting women as achievers and leaders that men would not see us as women that have to serve, commodities, objects.”

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