“There has always been a reluctance or fear of politics by women because they have seen it as a violent, confrontational world and they aren’t interested in that,” she said. ”But an increasing number of women are trying to change the way politics are being done and make it a bit more civilised. “The more we have role models and the more visible they are then the greater chance there is to get more women involved ... Maybe a younger generation will be less reluctant to see women play a public role and this will open the door for more women.”