Why are so many more men involved in politics than women?
The one-year Head Start for Young Women Program, now wrapping up, aimed to tackle that issue by jumpstarting the conversation with local high school and post-secondary students.
About 15 participants here in Ottawa developed workshops aimed at identifying why females say they don't get involved and come up with ways to overcome those reasons.
"I think there is a lack of awareness of the fact that they do have a role they can play," said Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, a veteran of local politics.
She is leading the Ottawa group of young women, though there are other chapters in British Columbia and Quebec.