Celebrating Women In Politics

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Celebrating Women In Politics

This is Women’s History Month and a celebration of women in politics took place in Victoria this afternoon, with the unveiling of a wall in the Legislature commemorating milestones women have achieved in provincial politics. Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond has been involved in politics for more than two decades, starting with the Board for School District 57, of which she was the Chair. She is also embarking on attempting her fifth term as MLA.
“I think sometimes it’s harder for women to say ‘yes.’ I spend a lot of time mentoring young women who may be considering a career in politics because we certainly need a lot more of them.
But she concedes, it getting better.
“In the 2013 election, we elected more women than most other Houses across the country. You saw the most recent federal election, where there is a definite decision to make sure the Cabinet has gender equity.”
Tracy Calogheros ran for the federal Liberals in the last election for Cariboo-Prince George. She says she had to think long and hard before committing to run for politics.
“That’s years worth of conversation, really. I had held off running for a long time, predominantly because I had such a young family and a responsible position at the Museum and a new marriage; all of those things were going on that, really, didn’t put me in a good spot to be able to offer myself up to serve the community and country.”
However, she says there was a lot of interest in her campaign once underway, and plenty of interest from the young women on the two post-secondary campuses in the city.


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