We need best city councillors, regardless of gender balance

I disagree that women should have greater representation because of statistics or their chromosomes.

To the Editor,

Re: Group seeks more women in politics, Sept. 30.

Women are 50 per cent of the population and are statistically hugely underrepresented in politics and many other career paths and are treated inequitably due to ‘glass ceilings’ of various natures. Duh. I agree that women “see things differently” and that might well be a good reason to have more women involved; more balanced thinking.

I disagree, however, that women should have greater representation because of statistics or their chromosomes. Our world today has arguably the greatest number of and most significant problems in the history of womankind/mankind on this planet. We need to elect the very best representatives we can find, based on merit related to the job at hand, not on chromosomes.

I know many women who would make fine mayors or city councillors, MLAs or MPs – and some who would not – because of their acumen and skills, not because of their gender.

Jordan EllisNanaimo