A candid discussion with Dr. Laura Mae Lindo
Barriers to equity: Women, political representation and family
By Tracelyn Cornelius University Relations
Women face signifi
barriers when it comes to achieving equity, particularly in politics
Dr. Laura Mae Lindo,
the Kitchener Centre Member of Provincial Parliament,
addressed these issues at a recent event
as part of
International Women’s Day (IWD)
hosted and organized by the University of Waterloo
in collaboration with the Women in Communications and Technology Waterloo Region Chapter (WCT WR
Barriers to equity: Women, political representation & fami
involved in politics.
and addressing barriers to equity for women is particularly
to create a more
society, not just for women
but for everyone.
"Women face various barriers when it comes to achieving equity,
he said. "
There is a need for a deeper understanding of the barriers that prevent racialized women from advancing in the system.
collecting and analyzing data
recognizing the intersectional identities of women
and having meaningful conversations about the
she was leaving politics in July
to join the University
as a faculty member in
the department of Philosophy in
Addressing her reasons for
that while she
id experience racism as
a lack of
was the primary reason for her resignation.
emphasized that childcare is not just a problem for women or racialized women, but an every-person problem that needs to be addressed.
encouraged people to face barriers publicly, saying that the more they do so, the more likely change will happen.
esearch shows that Black single
due to childcare
a lack of affordable
childcare is a barrier to advancement
for everyone," she said. "
I hope that by
raising awareness about childcare as a barrier,
change can happen.
Lindo also emphasized the need to transform education and pedagogy
She said that
a deep equity lens to
her new role as a philosophy professor at Waterloo.
The incoming professor
is a Black Cluster hire, an initiative created to increase the representation of Black faculty members to address the systemic underrepresentation of Black scholars at the University and to be more representative of the student body being served.
Before entering politics in 2018, Lindo was a former director of Equity at Wilfr
d Laurier University. She
also holds a
and a PhD
ducation from York University.
Bill 67, The Racial Equity in Education Systems Act
recognize the existence of systemic racism and discrimination in schools and
post-secondary institutions and
require educational institutions to create racial equity plans.
re-tabled the Bill
with co-sponsors MPP Lise
Racial Equity in the Education System Act
to be debated
but Lindo’s father passed away that same month
Lindo, whose resignation as MPP comes into effect
the debate being rescheduled.
Barriers to equity: Women, political representation & family
Jasmin Habib, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Waterloo
Building on the collaboration
IWD 2021 and 2022 WCT WR is partnering with
organizations to present IWD events throughout
the month of March 2023
that focus on the theme
To learn more about more and to register for
events, please visit
IWD Waterloo Region