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Inspiring Women

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Over 54% of the student population at the University of Southampton is female, yet only 36% of all officers elected in the Spring Elections (Sabbaticals, Student Leaders, Trustees and Union Councillors) are women.

Percentage of Male and Female MPs in the World

Percentage of Male and Female MPs in the World

To inspire more women to run in elections, SUSU is hosting an Inspiring Women evening in The Bridge, from 6.30pm on Monday 18th November.

Feminism is always a hotly discussed and debate issue (as can be seen in this Wessex Scene article) but this is an evening to celebrate a number of  ways women have been successful in the Southampton area.

There will be drinks, canapes, and a selection of talks – you will also get the chance to question some local inspirational women, including:


  • Jaki Booth – Chief Executive, University of Southampton Students’ Union
  • Tessa Harrison – Registrar, University of Southampton
  • Parvin Damani – Public Health Specialist, NHS Southampton City
  • Josephine Knowles – Founder, Beyond the Streets
  • Suki Sitaram – Assistant Chief Executive, Transformation and Performance Division, Southampton City Council


Women In Government: Top 10 Parliaments Worldwide

Women In Government: Top 10 Parliaments Worldwide


There will also be some live music, courtesy of the talented Jazzmanix!


Tickets are completely free, and you can register for one here:



This was mandated by Union Council at the end of last academic year and is a different way to look at some of the factors that prevent women from running in elections.


It should be an evening filled with lively debate, interactive sessions and a chance to engage with a current hot topic.





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