Co-investigator Jennifer Curtin (in striped shirt), explains the project to representatives, left, from New Zealand non-governmental organizations as team members, right, look on.

NZ NGOs share insights with research team

Community input is a key part of the Pathways to the Premiership project. To learn what women activists want from our research, the P2P team met with members of New Zealand non-governmental organizations on July 31, 2018 at the University of Auckland. After a traditional Maori ceremony, co-investigator Jennifer Curtin outlined the rationale for the research project, the representational contexts in Canada and Australia, and the possible factors shaping the supply of women candidates. The activists then shared their views on what it takes to get more women, and more diverse women, to run for and get elected to political office. The questions they had, and the information they want from the research, will guide our efforts to understand why women have been successful in becoming premiers at the subnational level and how they have shaped the political environment for the women who will follow them.

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