Redford’s tenure follows a familiar script for women in politics in Canada

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Redford’s tenure follows a familiar script for women in politics in Canada

Alison Redford’s unexpected resignation has reignited the debate on gender in politics. Some declare that gender had everything to do with it, while others argue as strongly that nothing could be further from the truth. We think that gender was not inconsequential to her experiences as leader, as her experiences follow a pattern we’ve witnessed amongst women party leaders at the federal and provincial levels in Canada. In a nutshell, the pattern is this: The expectations placed on women party leaders are greater, their mandates weaker and their tenures shorter.

We invite you to read the full article published March 24, 2014

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