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"No Better Time Than the Present": Breaking The Glass Ceiling

Welcome to Municipal Affairs, I'm your host Christopher Brown.

Today's episode is a much-anticipated follow-up to last September's discussion on "Breaking the Glass Ceiling," where we dove into the experiences of women in municipal leadership roles.

Today, we continue this important conversation by welcoming a panel of distinguished guests: Chatham Kent Councillor Alysson Storey, Ingersoll Deputy Mayor Lindsay Wilson, Woodstock Councillor Kate Leatherbarrow, Sault St. Marie Councillor Angela Caputo, and Kenora Councillor Kelsie Van Belleghem.

In Canada, the landscape of political leadership is evolving, with an increasing number of women assuming roles at municipal, provincial, and national levels of government. However, despite this progress, women remain underrepresented in elected positions on municipal councils, and the number of women mayors still falls behind their male counterparts.

Our discussion today highlights the importance of striving for gender parity in municipal politics. Achieving a balance where women hold at least 40% of elected positions not only reflects the diversity of our communities but also ensures that local governments are truly representative and responsive to the needs of all citizens.

Join us as we explore the challenges, triumphs, and ongoing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in our local governments. There's still much work to be done, and together, we can pave the way for a more equitable and inclusive future in municipal politics.

This is Municipal Affairs.



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