More women needed in higher roles

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There are fewer women in leadership roles under the Conservative government than when the Liberals were in power.

That is not surprising, but appalling nonetheless.

According to new statistics complied by the federal Liberals, NDP and Conservatives, there are fewer women running government agencies, Crown corporations, sitting on boards and working in management roles.

According to a CBC story, women hold less than one-third of senior roles.

Of the 43 Crown corporations, only 11 women in the past five years have been appointed to lead them, and only six are currently led by women.

The Liberal stats continue to show that only 22.6 per cent of director positions on the boards of Crown corporations are filled by women, while only 31.6 per cent of senior management positions are occupied by females.

There are slight differences in the total numbers between the three parties, but the issue still stands that there is a lack of females in positions of power.

There are more than enough qualified women in Canada with solid educational backgrounds. They have the merit and credentials to be put into roles of seniority.

However, there is a lack of leadership coming from government to push for that support.

Locally, the Business Women of Moose Jaw does a great job of encouraging and showcasing what women do in their roles.

They also hand out annual awards to businesswomen, saluting their perseverance, role modeling, influence, success and mentorship in the community.

In our municipal government, for the first time ever, a female —Deb Higgins — was elected mayor. We also have three women who sit as councillors and they help shape our community.

There are many women here in Moose Jaw, throughout Saskatchewan and across Canada that can be looked toward as mentors for younger generations.

Now, if only more women were given opportunities to succeed at some of the highest levels.

The government needs to set the bar higher and appoint more women to Crown boards and other management roles.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by its editorial staff.

Organizations: CBC, Business Women

Geographic location: Canada, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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