I write features, reviews and comment for The Herald and Sunday Herald on a very wide range of topics but am particularly interested in the environment, health and social trends. I spent several years as a commissioning editor, and currently edit the health page which appears in The Herald every Monday.
What really concerns her are the practical barriers to equality, like a lack of affordable childcare.
She is speaking from experience. Having to care for her own young children at the same time as working resulted in what she describes as one of the worst moments of her life.
She was a junior lecturer in political science at Harvard and had two young daughters. When her second daughter Fiona was about six weeks old, Richardson had to present a paper at a conference in Washington and took her baby and her two-year-old with her.
Professor Louise Richardson of St Andrews dismissed suggestions that because students from the rest of the UK paid for their fees, the university might feel under pressure to treat them differently, in an interview with The Herald.