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The gender gap in political representation

Although they comprise over 50 percent of the population, women continue to be under-represented in public office at all levels of government throughout the world. Internationally, at the federal level they account for 23 percent of parliamentarians and only six percent of the heads of governments. International statistics on the representation of women in local governments is not available, but it is estimated that 20 percent of councillors and five percent of mayors worldwide are female, a proportion similar to the one seen at the federal level.


A closer look into the Canadian and Albertan contexts can be found on the pages linked below.

  • A comparison amongst federal, provincial and municipal levels
  • Gender distribution in Alberta municipal elections