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‘Glass cliff candidates’: Most female candidates are running in unwinnable seats

Women in the major parties are not being given equal opportunity to run in winnable seats this election, with new analysis showing 80 per cent of the Coalition’s female candidates are running in seats they are unlikely to win, or that are difficult to hold. The analysis from the ANU Global Institute for Women’s Leadership shows just 20 per cent of female candidates in the Coalition are contesting winnable seats, compared with 46 per cent of male candidates. In the Labor Party, the numbers are only slightly better, with 24 per cent of female candidates contesting winnable seats. Meanwhile,…