Today we have witnessed new era of female political power in the Northern Ireland Assembly. Arlene Foster leader of the DUP and the young Michelle O’Neill leader of Sinn Fein the nationalist stalwart and visionary. On a much broader scale, our British Prime Minister Theresa May leads the Government and is now seen as the shrewd razor sharp force to be reckoned with in International politics, although this may be widely debated. Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland a very able left wing nationalist with a similar vision as O’Neill. Well seasoned male politicians in Northern Ireland including Ministers with portfolio have not been re-elected and can only hope to be reelected next time round. In both Westminster and in our local Assembly, the role of women in politics is making a strong impact on how we see and negotiate our future. The bastion of male power in the Unionist camp has been thwarted with the resignation of Mike Nesbitt its leader. Pressure from Sinn Fein for Arlene to step aside…..