Women have been stuck as minority participants in government whether it’s at the federal, provincial or municipal level.
“Women have been stuck between 21 and 23 per cent,” said Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson.
One of the reasons, believes Wilkinson, is that many capable candidates don’t fully understand what is involved with running a campaign and getting elected.
Also, “women are often concerned about handling a political life with children and family, which is usually more of a problem with women than men,” said Wilkinson.
In an effort to “demystify” the process, Wilkinson and Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder are hosting a Women in Politics Campaign School this Saturday at city hall.
The Saturday workshop is also for those interested in running for school board or who are working as campaign managers.
All the presenters this weekend are women. Speakers include former Gloucester mayor Claudette Cai, former Nepean mayor Mary Pitt, writer Joan Weinman, who was the communications manager for Alex Munter’s 2006 mayoral campaign, Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod, Ottawa-Vanier MPP Madeleine Meilleur and various school board trustees.