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Arlene Foster to reflect on female leadership days ahead of vote for successor

Arlene Foster's resignation speech cited misogynistic criticisms aimed at female public figures. Picture by Liam McBurney/PA Wire

ARLENE Foster is to reflect on her dual roles as first minister and DUP leader just days before party colleagues vote to choose her successor.

The departing DUP leader, who resigned last week after five years in the post, will air her thoughts on female leadership, and perhaps her musings on what she termed her "brutal" ousting, at a Queen's University event on Monday.

She will be joined at the invitation-only event by Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill and interim civil service head Jenny Pyper.

In her resignation speech, Mrs Foster said she had "broke a glass ceiling" by becoming the first woman to lead the DUP and she was glad to have "inspired other women to enter politics".

She also cited "misogynistic criticisms" aimed at female public figures.

Earlier this week, Ms O'Neill reiterated her view that misogyny played a part in the internal DUP revolt that forced Mrs Foster to resign as party leader and first minister.

On Friday May 14, the 28 DUP MLAs and eight MPs will vote to select Mrs Foster's successor and the party's new deputy leader.

Monday's live streamed event at Queen's, which includes a question and answer session chaired by Professor Karen McCloskey, is organised by the Chief Executive's Club and hosted by the university's Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer.

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