A group working to get more women in office say the latest election results are something to celebrate and something to learn from.
Women now make up 39 per cent of the legislature.
Carolyn Jack, with Equal Voice BC says that’s enough to keep B.C. head and shoulders above the rest of the country.
“B.C. has a much higher percentage than, for instance, the House of Commons,” she says.
“Only 27 per cent of [those] seats are held by women. And other provinces, Ontario has 35 per cent, Alberta, 33. So, we’re well ahead with 39 per cent.”
Jack adds that the top three parties ran record numbers of women.
But she says it’s not all a good news story. Success lies not in just how many women run, but also where they run.
“It is more likely that a man will be in a winnable riding, a safe seat, a seat that traditionally goes again and again to a certain party than a woman,” she says.
Jack says research by Equal Voice BC found that in the 2017 election, women were more likely to be running in races where their party lost by 10 per cent or more in 2013.
That same research found that women were less likely to run in seats where their party had scored a victory by 10 points or more in the 2013 election.
She says more than half of men running for each of their parties pulled out a win this time around, while just 39 per cent of Liberal women did, and just 43 per cent of NDP women.
Two out of three successful Green candidates were men.
Jack says the research shows this factor, rather than discrimination by voters, plays the biggest part in the election of fewer women to the legislature.