School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s first and only female premier, is disappointed in Canada’s lack of women leaders

January 6, 2020

The Globe and Mail - Laura Stone with comments from Kathy Brock, Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University


The reasons for the current dearth of female premiers are complex, said Kathy Brock, a political science professor at Queen’s University who has studied women and politics. Some of it is natural turnover, with the public electing leaders far different than their predecessors.

“Some of the continuing barriers to women getting involved in politics are still there," she said, citing factors such as increased scrutiny for women, difficulty in recruitment and maternity leaves, which can interrupt a woman’s career.

“The change is coming, it started with people like Kathleen Wynne, but it has still got a ways to go," she said.

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