Men still hold the majority of school board seats in Manitoba after last month's election.
The new school boards listed on the Manitoba School Boards Association website show that women won or were acclaimed in 47.5 per cent of the seats last month, down slightly from the 48 per cent of 2006.
Though, one must note, this election produced a depressing 14 seats for which there was no candidate, and which the new boards will have to fill by appointment.
Outside of Winnipeg and Brandon, men and women hold an equal number of school trustee jobs for the next four years. There are 15 more men on school boards than women pending the vacancy appointments, and that 15-seat difference occurs entirely in urban seats, if you include the urban ward of the Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine and the Ward 1 area of Seine River S.D. which includes part of Winnipeg.
The pattern since amalgamation has been for men to make up the majority of school board candidates in Winnipeg, and that held up this time, but in previous elections, the proportion of women winning seats was higher than the proportion of women candidates. That didn't happen this time.
Women dominate the boards in Winnipeg and Pembina Trails, but that's about it for the city.
Maybe a student in education administration sees a thesis here, or MSBA wants to let a researcher loose on this.