Wednesday, January 11, 2017

For women in Canadian politics, there is no universal experience - CBC

by Brittany Andrew-Amofah
Originally published: January 10, 2017

To many, 2016 seemed like a groundbreaking year for women in Canadian politics.  

The 88 women who were elected to the House of Commons in 2015 — the greatest number in Canadian history — marked their first full year of governing, along with Canada's first gender-balanced cabinet. B.C. Premier Christy Clark became Canada's longest serving female premier, and women in politics seemed to be speaking out about their experiences like never before.

Indeed, in April of 2016, Calgary MP Michelle Rempel wrote an op-ed that revealed the "everyday sexism" she experiences from her male colleagues. Her revelations sent Canadian media into a firestorm, and was followed by public testimonials from Calgary MLA Sandra Jansen, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Newfoundland Finance Minister Cathy Bennett — all of whom shared similar stories of online and verbal harassment and threats from both within and outside of their parties.