What is the gender balance of the new Parliament?

The number of female Members of the Scottish Parliament remained the same at 45 following the election.  The breakdown of female Members by party and as a proportion of their party’s total is shown below.

Female MSPs by Political Party

Gender balance

In numerical terms, the total of female MSPs are as follows:

  • SNP – 27 (42.8%)
  • Labour – 11 (45.8%)
  • Conservative – 6 (19.3%)
  • Greens – 1 (16.7%)

The number of female MSPs elected at each Scottish Parliament election is provided in the table below.

Total number of Female MSPs by Election

Election Number of Female Members Elected
1999 48
2003 51
2007 43
2011 45
2016 45

As a percentage of overall Members, the number of women in the Scottish Parliament (34.8%) is slightly higher than the 29.4% (191 MPs) elected at the 2015 UK General Election.