From the beginning she was an advocate for nuclear disarmament and this is still reflected in her current politics as she looks to campaign for the removal of the Trident submarine from Faslane, which has met firm resistance from the current UK government.
Comparisons have been made to Margaret Thatcher, though she has claimed that where Thatcher divided a nation, she intends to unite Scotland and move across the divisive issues in order to gain independence for Scotland. This is a goal which she is adamant is achievable in her lifetime.
If she is able to achieve unity amongst the Scottish people as she promises, then there is little in the way of a victory for independence in a future referendum.
It should be noted that Sturgeon has paid tribute to Salmond, her former mentor in politics, and his efforts in pushing for Scottish independence.
However, Sturgeon clearly has her own goals in mind. Firstly, she has clearly stated that the SNP will refuse to make any future deals with the current Conservative government regarding the future of Scotland.
The same was said for the Labour party, though a deal may happen should Labour agree to remove Trident from Faslane.
Furthermore, during an SNP speech in Perth, Sturgeon outlined her aims, which focused around economic and social progress.
In particular, she highlighted the empowering of communities, raising attainment in schools, domestic abuse and gender inequality as the main issues to be tackled.
For Sturgeon it is not simply a matter of following in the footsteps of Salmond; since the referendum, the membership of the SNP has trebled and so she is leading a far larger and stronger political party.
Furthermore, not one person from the 80,000 strong party challenged Sturgeon’s ascension to leader of the SNP, which is credit to the cohesion of the party.
One issue that the surge in membership has caused is that the SNP now has membership figures higher than both the Liberal Democrats and UKIP combined and Sturgeon has suggested it is an injustice that the party has not yet been invited to televised debates alongside the Conservatives, Labour, UKIP and the Liberal Democrats.
Since Sturgeon’s appointment as head of the SNP, all signs point to a revival of the campaign for Scottish independence. Speaking at the conference in Perth she argued that a victory in a referendum, would result in a ‘fairer and more prosperous Scotland’.
It appears Sturgeon has not quite accepted the loss in the referendum and states “we will not let Westminster drag us back to business as usual” though her short term goal is to make sure Westminster adheres to the promises it made throughout the lead up to the referendum.
To push for another vote immediately after defeat suggests sour grapes. However, it will remain to be seen, with a somewhat revitalised SNP, whether her promise that “Scotland will become an independent country” becomes a reality in the near future.