What Keeps Women from Politics?

SACPA Thursday, October 27, 2005 Why Are Young Canadian Women Disengaging From the Political Process?

Why aren'’t young Canadian women voting? What are the factors and can they be changed? Do young Canadian women feel left out of politics? Who are their role models? What do we do to our female politicians? Does the media treat politicians differently according to gender? What is there is a young woman'’s life that is linked to politics?

Speaker: Melanee Thomas

Melanee Thomas holds a BA with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge. She is currently studying for her Master'’s degree at the University of Calgary. She was the 2003 YWCA Young Woman of Distinction in Lethbridge. She was the former President of the University of Lethbridge Students'' Union. Ms Thomas is the past Executive Director of the Council of Alberta University Students. She was the NDP candidate in the 2004 federal election and is currently a nominated candidate for the upcoming federal election. She is also an active member of the Graduate Students'' Association at the University of Calgary. Ms. Thomas is originally from Granum, Alberta.

Moderator: Dr. Bev Mündel-Atherstone

Location: Sven Ericksen'’s Family Restaurant, 1715 Mayor Magrath Drive S. Time: 12:00 Noon to 1:30 p.m. / Cost: $8.00 includes lunch

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