February 28, 2017
From threats of rape to homophobic slurs, Premier Kathleen Wynne is not alone in being targeted online. Female politicians across the country, from all parties, are routinely on the receiving end of vitriolic — and often violent — comments on social media. So much so their staff must set up filters to screen out commonly used abuse. Sylvia Bashevkin, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto who has studied women in politics, said what’s happening “is a wake-up call that the problems” experienced by female politicians over the past 100 years “are very much alive.” The complete Toronto Star article is available here.