Professor McKay, who died in March 2014, is recognised for her key role in influencing government policy decisions that affect the lives of women, children and families. Her work championed the position of women in Scotland’s economy in a number of important areas. She was a leading advocate of gender budgeting and had a significant influence on the way in which the Scottish Government presents its annual budget statement. She successfully convinced key policy makers of the transformational economic impact of increased public investment in childcare provision. In addition she argued strongly for a Citizen’s Basic Income and the significant contribution it could make to increased gender equality.
Launched in October 2010, Women in Scotland’s Economy Research Centre (WiSE) aims to promote and make visible women’s contribution to Scotland’s economy through high quality research, consultancy and knowledge transfer activities. WiSE was Professor McKay's vision and the realisation of her work and continued aspirations for gender equality in the economy and wider society. The work of WiSE continues.
WiSE is unique within Scotland as no other academic institution, civil or governmental organisation has a specific focus on women in the economy.
John Swinney MSP discusses the impact of Professor Ailsa McKay's work
This film produced by Ima Jackson, Rachel Lowther, and Anne-Marie Copestake, set out to record the impression Ailsa made on those who hardly knew nor worked with her, but who were captivated by her vision after hearing her speak.
Alex Salmond pays tribute to the late Professor Ailsa McKay.
Tributes to Ailsa and her eventful life have been meaningful and many and you will all have your own memories, laughter and stories to tell. Here are just a few of those reflections on Ailsa’s public life.