Symposium snapshot: Edmonton women in politics

Hundreds of women packed a downtown hotel in Edmonton earlier this month for the 2018 Edmonton Women’s Symposium.

The top-notch list of sessions included a panel of prominent Edmonton women who discussed their experiences in politics. How do they deal with social media — and the inevitable trolling it invites? What advice do they offer to women in all levels of government? And, most telling, what wisdom would these female leaders share with their twenty-year-old selves?

The discussion highlighted the diverse considerations, concerns, and accomplishments of women in politics in this city. Guests on the panel include The Broadcast co-host Trisha Estabrooks, Ward 2 Councillor Bev Esslinger, Ward 5 Councillor Sarah Hamilton; and Ward 11 candidate Keren Tang.

Thank you to Edmonton’s Women’s Initiative for allowing us to record the session.

This week, we also discuss the young, female leaders who are making their voices heard in the #neveragain movement in the United States.  And a piece in MacLean’s about the “elevator warning,” as a centre of reckoning when it comes to #metoo in Canadian politics.

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