Betsy McGregor Documents 95 Women Who Ran For Office
Over the past three years, I've often caught sight of Betsy McGregor of Lakefield, who was federal Liberal candidate in 2008 and 2011 in Peterborough, hard at work in one corner of the Planet Bakery in the Trent Athletic Centre.
She started at 7 a.m. and, during the day, toiled amid books, papers, her phone and computer, taking breaks for food and for fitness upstairs. It was a huge labour of love to interview and record the insights of 95 Canadian women who had ever run for office, at all levels of government, successful or not. There was the job of finding pictures, getting permission and enlisting a publisher.
She did it all.
The result is a handsome 243-page volume, attractive to look at and to pick up, called "Women on the Ballot: Pathways to Political Power" (Plum Leaf Press). In brilliant colour, and in their own voices, 95 women tell remarkably frank stories. They are from all provinces and territories, and all political parties They describe their motivations, their experiences, their hard work, their disappointments and defeats, and their resilience.
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