The spotlight has been on Edmonton’s city council for its gender inequity since 2013. That’s when just one woman — Bev Esslinger — was elected to the 13-person council.
Are the numbers just a coincidence? A blip in civic history?
In this episode, we look at the gender breakdown for candidates in the next civic election, which will take place on Oct. 16th. We also talk to a former city council candidate who says that running for municipal office made her realize “her own glass ceiling.” She says that talking about her young children at the doorsteps was a “mistake.” And that women don’t need a campaign school to learn about how to run for politics — but men need lessons on how to make room for capable women.
Also, listen in for an update on the UCP leadership race and the latest Canadian politician to take some heat for throwing out sexist language on Twitter.