Another election campaign over, and as the dust settles on what has probably been one of the most turbulent General Elections in my lifetime, my mind focuses on our country.
Regardless of the result later tonight, it has been a proud few months for democracy.
Britain has seen fairly big changes in political opinion, from the rise of UKIP to the Scottish Referendum and the challenge of the traditional Labour/Conservative dichotomy.
The recent mass engagement in politics, particularly among young people, has filled me with a growing confidence that we still value our democratic society.
My Facebook and Twitter feed has been awash with people talking about the election stating who they will vote for and, equally, who they wouldn’t dream of voting for.
As with every election, I’m incredibly grateful for the huge price women paid for me to be granted the vote. The rise of the Suffragette and Suffragist movements showed the eagerness and the desire women had to receive a voice. Their voice and need to be heard was so crucially important that they put their bodies, families and even lives on the line for what they believed.
I’m so grateful to these women, they not only gave me the right to have a say in who I want to run our country, but their spark was instrumental in igniting the Britain we live in today. I’m incredibly happy that I can work and don’t have to leave my job when I get married, I’m pleased that I have the same opportunities as men and I’m grateful I’ve never felt held back or discriminated because of my gender.
Undoubtedly we still have a long way to go for total equality but we have surely progressed a long way.
If you haven’t voted yet, then please do. Research what the parties stand for and who you would like to run the country. Don’t be swayed by public opinion. Get out there and make your mark, a mark for democracy.