Women and politics
Here's my story in today's paper about the rural frontier and the problem it poses for women's participation in politics.
As always, there's never enough room in the paper to explore all the questions/issues in one mere story, but I should point out that Lisa Merrithew and I also discussed what's keeping women out of the political game. Beyond the fact that politics looks just plain stupid to many sensible people -- men and women -- Lisa also talked about how potential female politicians are repelled by how their predecessors fared. In too many cases -- Kim Campbell and Sarah Palin, ie -- women find themselves vaulted into high positions because of optics, before they're surrounded by the experience, expertise they need to stay there. (I should say that I wouldn't put Kim Campbell and Sarah Palin in the same sentence that often.)
Sylvia Bashevkin has tackled this topic and others in her new book, reviewed in The Globe today. So if you're interested in the issue, there's lots out there to read and discuss.