Setting the Record Straight

Edited by Catrin Edwards, Kate Sullivan

In 2003, the Welsh National Assembly led the world achieving parity and an equal balance between the sexes as regards representation in her National democratic institution. That was an incredible feat, especially considering that only four female Members of Parliament had represented Wales in the United Kingdom Parliament between 1918 and 1997.

Taken from the recordings of the Welsh Women’s Archive project of the same name, Setting the Record Straight collects together the recollections of those women who have represented the people of Wales in the devolved government. It provides a compelling and fascinating introduction to the role of women in politics from the grass roots to government – the opportunities, the challenges (from being heard to childcare), the successes and failures.

The women in Welsh politics can be truly proud of this record, without them the face of Welsh government would be very different.