Theoretically, more women on ballots means more women in office, as research shows voters have no bias against them as candidates. But Thomas’s own research shows that parties are not setting up female candidates for a fair fight. In 2011, she found that all three national parties (the Green party did not run a full slate) placed more women than men in “unwinnable” ridings. Women were more likely to run in another party’s stronghold (59 per cent vs. 47 per cent for men), less likely to run in competitive battlegrounds (24 per cent vs. 28 per cent) and less likely to run in their own party’s strongholds (17 per cent vs. 25 per cent) than men.
A good long-form piece on gender equality in politics. It digs a lot deeper than most of the often-feelgood pieces that are written about the federal government’s gender policies, providing both historical information on gender equality, analysis of contemporary practices, and how other jurisdictions work far more diligently to foster equality in public offices.