Telling women to "lean in" won’t get more of them in politics — the parties have left women behind

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September 12, 2022

Telling women to "lean in" won’t get more of them in politics — the parties have left women behind

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Telling women to "lean in" won’t get more of them in politics — the parties have left women behind (Toronto Star)

Women lack confidence, doubt their qualifications and wait to be asked, say pundits. The narrative directs attention away from the real culprits.

Men dominate Canadian politics. In the 2021 federal election, men represented 57 per cent of candidates for the Liberal party, 67 per cent of Conservative candidates and 70 per cent of elected MPs.

Yet rarely do we hear about men’s political dominance. Instead, we hear about women’s absence. Women don’t run, the pundits say. Women lack confidence, doubt their qualifications and wait to be asked. Women must, as a 2019 House of Commons report concluded, be empowered to stand.

Click here to read the full article published by Toronto Star on 11 September 2022.

Author: 
Jennifer M. Piscopo
Publisher: 
Toronto Star
Publication year: 
2022
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