Christy Clark’s farewell implies one less woman in politics. As British Columbia premier, Christy Clark remains a well-recognized role model for women in Canada and across the globe. Although faced with several challenges that accompanied the job mostly dominated by men, Christy Clark was always triumphant in her dealings.
Faced with challenges like sexism, unwelcomed comments, etc., the former B.C. premier shows excellent support for women even after leaving the public life behind. In Canada, regardless of the prime minister’s famous witticism defending his choice of female ministers — “Because it’s 2015” — we have only recorded one female prime minister and eight female provincial premiers till date.
Christy Clark’s departure from politics after six years as premier of British Columbia still serves as a reminder that the political arena needs more female role models. Perhaps this scenario also spreads out to other job sectors and is down to how women in power are treated. From the onset, the path to becoming successful for women has always been dissimilar than for males.
The glass cliff
Clark was elected as a leader even with the struggles her party faced then. The situation perfectly describes the phenomenon in political science known as “The Glass Cliff.”A woman is elected to handle an organisation in a mess and is anticipated to fail. But she was different. Christy Clark was able to turnaround things for British Columbia Liberals in the 2013 election and also went on to become the longest-serving female premier in Canada’s history.
But with every rise a woman experience in leadership roles, they often face other challenges. Christy Clark met sexism at the highest levels and triumphed. Christy Clark was open about her sexism encounters made known on various interviews.
“That still happens, and it is easier for me to handle because I am premier. But if it is happening to me, it is happening to millions of women,” Christy Clark said.
It is a little bit rare to hear a woman in a leadership position speak up so candidly and publicly. Christy Clark speaks openly about female battles and has always been a source of inspiration to other women. Clark was also able to share on The National about her gender hurdles in the political arena.
She took acts in stride increasing every woman’s home with an image of change. As part of her time out, Christy Clark is part of a group heading the “Women 4 Christy” campaign trying to seek help for election to win the B.C. Premier in the 2013 election.
It has never been about the perceived gender gap, but the provision of inspiration for women to take more leadership roles in society. This ongoing battle for years sees every political function mostly dominated by men. With Christy Clark, we may see more influence from women in influencing future government policy.
Christy Clark remains a role model to many for her role as a Premier. Most women now want to know who Premier Clark is, as they also get to know she is not just a premier, but a woman and mom who share similar experiences and frustrations as do other parents.
Christy Clark does not miss any prospect; she is keen to remind others of her efforts in balancing her son needs and that of her demanding job. A big part of her outreach is going to tours within her province, and meeting with various women groups. Christy Clark is remarkable in several unique ways and can relate and serve as an inspirational role model to more women as a woman, and not as a politician.