October 20th, 2019

Lack of women premiers topic for today’s SACPA

By Kuhl, Nick on May 9, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

With the UCP gaining power in Alberta’s recent provincial election, Jason Kenney became premier of Alberta. And for the first time since 2008, no women preside over a Canadian provincial or territorial legislature.

Today, during the regular weekly SACPA session, set for noon at the Royal Canadian Legion, speaker Melanee Thomas will present “Are Women Premiers in Canada less likely to be Re-Elected than Men?”

Thomas is an associate professor of political science at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of gender-based political inequality in Canada and other post-industrial democracies.

She has published research in journals such as Politics & Gender, Electoral Studies, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science. Thomas earned her first degree at the University of Lethbridge and served as U of L Students’ Union president.

Her presentation will examine the context in which women are selected to lead political parties – a key step to becoming a premier or prime minister – to determine if women are selected to lead parties that were in crisis or decline.

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