People, understandably, want the people who sit in our parliament and council chambers to be elected on merit. So do we. But right now women are being kept out of Holyrood and other decision-making spaces because of factors that have nothing to do with our ability to do the job.
Quotas are a deliberate disruption of deep-rooted assumptions about who should have power and who shouldn’t.
They provide a jolt to systems and ways of working that yield an over-representation of men in political life.
Quotas cut through one of the barriers to our representatives looking more like the people that they represent.