Municipal government creates, delivers and supports essential services, policies and programs that directly shape a community. Women play a vital role in local government. Studies have shown that gender diversity on leadership teams improves an organization’s effectiveness. Diversity of opinions, backgrounds and lived experiences can lead to more inclusive thoughtful decision-making. Having more women on municipal council means more variety in the perspectives that will be shared and debated. Hearing different voices, and adopting different approaches, can also result in more innovative decision-making.
AUMA is committed to providing support and resources for women interested in participating in municipal government.
As 2021 is an election year, this hub is currently focused on supporting elected officials, potential candidates and municipal administrators who have a role in municipal elections by providing information and resources on the topic of women in municipal government. Over time, the hub will be expanded with information to support women holding both elected and administrative positions.
Select one of the following links to learn more about the gender gap in political representation, the benefits of closing this gap and how to become involved in achieving this objective.