First Minister honours Suffragettes with new fund

Tuesday 6 February 2018

Votes for WomenFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has marked the centenary of women’s right to vote in the UK by announcing a new £500,000 fund to encourage more women into politics.

Backed by the Scottish government, the fund will provide grants for local initiatives across the country, providing young budding female politicians with an easier route into politics.  

The move is a tribute to the Suffragette movement, who fought for women’s right to vote until it was introduced under the Representation of the People Act in 1918.

The first minister said: "The legacy of the suffragists and the suffragette movement is a really powerful one. As the first woman to be the first minister of Scotland, I know that I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the women who sacrificed so much back then to win our right to vote."

A debate will take place at the Scottish parliament later, with more details to be announced of how the fund will be used.

Keep up-to-date and find out more on the Scottish Government’s website: