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Women still facing uphill battle in politics: observers

Like Julia Gillard who ran to be Australia's first elected female prime minister last week, Canadian female politicians criticized for fashion choices, being unwed and childless.

Canadian female politicians face scrutiny beyond that of their male colleagues on everything from their clothes to leadership abilities, and like Julia Gillard who ran to be Australia's first elected female prime minister last week, they're also criticized for not being married, and not have children, say political observers. They fear such criticism is deterring some potentially viable female public office holders from stepping onto the political scene.

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Women still facing uphill battle in politics: observers

Like Julia Gillard who ran to be Australia's first elected female prime minister last week, Canadian female politicians criticized for fashion choices, being unwed and childless.

Canadian female politicians face scrutiny beyond that of their male colleagues on everything from their clothes to leadership abilities, and like Julia Gillard who ran to be Australia's first elected female prime minister last week, they're also criticized for not being married, and not have children, say political observers. They fear such criticism is deterring some potentially viable female public office holders from stepping onto the political scene.

  

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Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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