Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2018 at 11:55 a.m.
Local politicians on the role of women in politics
In light of International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8, and considering this is an election year at both municipal and provincial levels, la Compagnie edition André Paquette Inc. caught up with some of the region’s female municipal councillors to discuss what it means to be a woman in politics today.
Krysta Simard is a municipal councillor for Clarence-Rockland and Cindy Saucier sits on the Russell Township council. Both women are serving their first mandates on their respective councils. Although both have had positive experiences thus far, Simard and Saucier are also both aware of the challenges, and the significance brought on by being a woman in politics.
Of the 52 elected officials on municipal councils in Prescott-Russell, 13 are women. Only one of them Jeanne Charlebois of Hawkesbury, is the mayor. “It would be nice if there were more women in politics,” said Simard. “If we want change that reflects how women feel, we must step up.”
“I do feel there is a certain importance to having women in politics. We can bring another perspective on certain issues,” added Saucier.
Although both have described their experiences in politics as smooth, both women are no strangers to the level of effort required to fit into what some consider to be a boys’ club.
“I’m younger, I’m a female, as well as a ‘newbie’ to politics. One of the challenges is being taken seriously,” said Simard. Simard specifically recounts certain instances where questions about her ward were directed at the man standing next to her instead.
For the complete article, see page 5 of the March 2 edition of the Vision.
More articles about women in politics are also available on pages 5 and 6.