Friday, September 28, 2007

All Women Candidates Breakfast

Yesterday at 7:30 AM, I attended the All Women Candidates Breakfast, hosted by the YWCA's One Woman, One Vote Committee. It was a great chance to network with other female candidates (both councillor and trustee) and share our common experience of campaigning. We also had a wonderful presentation by Dr. Linda Trimble, Chair of the U of A Political Science Dept. She spoke about the stalled representation of women in politics (20% in the last four elections). She spoke about the perceived barriers to women becoming involved in political life and the importance of mobilizing women (half the population) to vote. She concluded on a positive note: hope lies in municipal government, where women are more actively involved and represented.

It was a great presentation, a great morning and just what we all needed to boost our resolve.

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