Why So Few Female Political Candidates in Cornwall Ontario For the 2014 Election? by Jamie Gilcig

Why So Few Female Political Candidates in Cornwall Ontario For the 2014 Election? by Jamie Gilcig

jg2CORNWALL Ontario – A disturbing trend is occurring so far in the upcoming 2014 Municipal elections in Cornwall Ontario, and that is a total lack of female candidates.

As I type these words only 1 out of 13 candidates for office is a woman.    That’s scary.  In nearby South Stormont for example their council of five has two women, and their CAO and clerk are female.

Current Cornwall council has 2 out of 10 of the fairer gender.    Some of those talking about running are clearly not strong material either (won’t name names today) so the question is why?

Are women not in strong roles in Cornwall?  Most of the leadership positions are held by men.  I have never seen for example a female president of the Chamber of Commerce.  (South Stormont’s Chamber has as female President and VP) Team Cornwall, a man.  No major management in our Police or Fire Departments belong to women.

As someone that totally believes in equality I’m trying to get a handle on the lack of female leaders in this city?  I know here at CFN we have always striven to enpower people and especially women.  We had for an example a show on Seaway Radio focused exactly on that hosted by Marina Restinetti who started the Naked Face group here in Cornwall.   Ultimately her show was not supported by local women’s groups.

Surely women in Cornwall can up the ante as they sure as heck complain as much as we men do about what’s wrong.   And most women wear cosmetics because of their own vanity or other women.   How many guys really are more attracted because a women’s eye make up matches her nail colour?

There were recent rumblings about the fall of the Alberta Premier being “Gender Politics”.   Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was quoted recently.

Would it be a shock to me if there were some part of the decision that had to do with her being a woman? It wouldn’t be a shock to me.

Yes women have certain challenges that men don’t, but isn’t that simply an excuse?  Is it a question of the “old boys” not allowing women to have equal access?   From what I’ve anecdotaly seen and heard I would not support that thesis here in Cornwall.

Frankly it’s up to women to assert themselves and compete just like the boys have to; without excuses.     And women tend to be the most critical of other women.   Will the women of Cornwall support female candidates?

While there’s still plenty of time for nominations it’d be nice to see more gender equality in our community.  Is it a deal breaker?   Not in the big picture because ideally we vote for the ten best people for council regardless of their gender;  that ultimately is what equality is all about;  but at the same time it’s healthier for our culture if we can find those ten people from a broader representation of our community and not just have a bunch of sycophants who owe their livings to political masters.

What do you think Cornwallites?   Why do we have so few female community leaders and political candidates?  You can post your comments below.


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