Women in New Brunswick Municipal Politics — how do we get them there?

“In Canada, only 18% of mayors are women. I assumed the stats would be similar in New Brunswick, but when I did a quick google search I couldn’t find anything. It turns out the last media story written about women in municipal politics in New Brunswick was written in 2012 after the 2012 municipal election. The headline is Women make history in municipal election. The story states that “nineteen women were elected as mayors (18.1 per cent) and 168 as councillors (31.6 per cent), according to unofficial results from Elections New Brunswick.””

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Can Women make History Again in 2019?

“In a recent interview, former Premier of Alberta, Rachel Notley said that when women lead, you tend to see different priorities on the agenda. She said she doesn’t think that childcare, for example, would have gotten nearly as much attention in Alberta over the last four years had a woman not been premier. Kathleen Wynne has also been quoted saying something similar — but it’s not just about leaders.”

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Point Action Plan to Support Women in Politics

“On April 16th, I woke up to a country that is governed exclusively by men. I looked at my partner and started to cry. I asked him what the point was if we just keep getting knocked down. I seriously considered laying in bed all day and watching Netflix. Instead I decided I was going to support women. Without much thinking, I took to Twitter and outlined the 6 action items I was going to do that day. And folks really responded.”

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New Brunswick 2019 Provincial Budget Analysis from a Femme Wonk

“This budget lacks a real move towards equity. As has become the custom with this government, gender equality seems non-existent. Much of the changes to this budget would have benefited from a gender based analysis. It is unfortunate that forward momentum on gender equality seems to be off the table. Small steps like an increase in wages for home support workers are met with set backs like the lack of desire to discuss pay equity. Just because you are supporting one section of the population doesn't mean that others have to lose.”

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