The 2003 elections to the devolved institutions in Wales and Scotland confirmed the female face of post-devolution politics. This world first thrust the National Assembly for Wales into the international limelight. Meanwhile, in Scotland, there was more modest progress. This article examines the second devolved elections from the perspective of women's political representation. The performances of the political parties in 2003 are compared with those in 1999, and a range of factors examined that have contributed towards progress. The principal focus of this article is upon women's descriptive – or numerical – representation in the devolved bodies. Additional attention is given to the emerging evidence of what 'difference' this critical mass of women politicians may have made; in other words, whether the increase in descriptive representation has led to improved substantive representation of women by better reflecting their diverse interests and concerns.
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|