Queen's University

Alberta election

2012-04-26

Queen’s University political studies fellow and Alberta native Melanee Thomas is available to provide general commentary on the Alberta election on April 23 – including controversial tweets by a Progressive Conservative party worker who criticized Wildrose leader Danielle Smith for not having children.

“Women politicians are judged on political AND personal grounds. Men in politics do not face the same degree of scrutiny," says Dr. Thomas, a Skelton-Clark Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Queen’s political studies department. "The tweet suggests that Smith, as a step-mother, is not a ‘real’ mother, despite being a parent to her step son. It further suggests that her ability to speak to questions of family policy is limited because of her ‘natural’ parental status. Both suggestions are simply not true."

Dr. Thomas specializes in gender and politics and political attitudes and behavior. She is currently working on a project on gender, parental status and politics. Dr. Thomas is originally from Granum, AB, and can also provide general commentary on other Alberta election issues.

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