There is no Universal Experience for women in Canadian politics

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For some, year 2016 looked like a revolutionary year for female in Canadian politics.

The 88 women who were chosen to the House of Commons in year 2016 — the highest number in the history of Canada— noted their first complete year of governing, with first gender-balanced cabinet of Canada. Christy Clark, B.C. Premier became longest serving female premier of Canada, and female in politics looked to be speaking out regarding their involvements like never before.

Certainly, in the month of April 2016, Michelle Rempel Calgary MP written an op-ed which exposed the “average sexism” she practices from their male colleagues. Their exposures sent to almost every Canadian media into a firestorm, and was eagerly followed by public recommendations from Sandra Jansen Calgary MLA, Alberta Premier Rachel, Cathy Bennett- Notley and Newfoundland Finance Minister— all of whom make public same kind of stories on the web and verbal pestering and threats from both outside and within of their parties.

In different respects, it was an epic time for female that are taking part in politics, with one main caveat: some of the stories we were hearing were those of white women. The reaction of public preserved the idea that misogyny and sexism are experienced similarly by all women that are in politics, but, to put it honestly, they are not. So it is very important that we admit intersectionality — in politics, and otherwise.

If we really wish to improve the depiction of women in politics, a general public debate on the involvements of women of color is required. Let 2017 be the only and amazing year where intersectionality is at the lead of Canadian political dissertation; where complete solutions are resulting from hearing, understanding and interpreting a good number of diverse experiences.