I was fortunate to grow up with the mantra that if you work hard enough; if you want it enough; and you are ready to climb that mountain then nothing can hold you back – not your gender, not your background.
Women in politics are still under represented in most places. What we need is a real paradigm shift in thinking and in culture. We need political parties to do more, much more, to encourage female candidates to put themselves forward and we need companies to do more to ensure women are given all the same opportunities.
Only then can we all be able to see, what should be self-evident, that a woman’s place is truly wherever she wants it to be – be that standing up in Parliament, heading a company or leading a nation.