Dame Anne Salmond

International Women's Day: Dame Anne Salmond's Speech

Women and Democracy

I find myself strangely at home here in Parliament. As they say, “In politics, itsdog eat dog; whereas in academia, it’s precisely the reverse.”

On International Women’s Day, we can paraphrase a hymn that I used to singat boarding school, ‘Let us now praise famous women, and our mothers thatbegat us.’ Its important for us to do this, lest they be forgotten. As VirginiaWoolf, the great Bloomsbury novelist, noteded acerbically, ‘For most of history,Anonymous was a woman.’


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