Ms Davidson made history as the first out leader of a UK political party in 2011 when she was elected to lead the Scottish Conservative Party.The leader, who recently announced her engagement to partner Jen, has overseen record gains for her party, leapfrogging Scottish Labour to become the official opposition in Scotland.Speaking in the Rhondda lecture at the Institute of Directors, Ms Davidson explained how she came to terms with being seen as a role model.She said: “I had never really been one to subscribe to idea of role modelling… But all of that disregard changed five years ago and my entire outlook was transformed.“The fortnight after I was elected Scottish Conservative leader, I got dozens of emails from young gay people, mostly boys, but some girls as well. Almost all of them started ‘I’m not a Tory but….’ This was Scotland 2011, after all.Ms Davidson also addressed the election of Donald Trump. The Scottish leader told PinkNews earlier this year that she feared Trump could put equality back “a very, very long way”.In her speech, she said: “As much as I’ve made my own views clear on the man that beat [Hillary Clinton] to the White House, I actually don’t believe that 2016 will be seen as the year women’s politics in the US was knocked back.
“With more distance, we’ll see the first ever female nominee of one of the major parties. And we’ll also recognise the women who broke through barriers of race, religion, sexuality and disability from coast to coast across the body politic in the US.“Kate Brown – the first openly LGBT woman ever elected governor of a state. Tammy Duckworth – Asian-American, is a double amputee war hero and the first ever disabled female senator. Catherine Cortez Mastro – the first ever Latina Senator. Kamala Harris – only the second ever black woman in the senate.