B.C.'s premier says there's a shortage of elected female politicians because many women don't want to run.
"I think a lot of women look at it and think that it's so personally bruising that they don't want to have anything to do with it," Clark said today on CTV Question Period. "I think that's been the way in the past, anyway."
At one point, the show's host, Robert Fife, asked Clark who inspired her to enter politics.
She replied that there were many women before naming former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
The B.C. premier described each of them as "very strong, determined, and purposeful".
"In Margaret Thatcher's case, here she was a woman who refused to be defined by her sex, period," Clark told Fife. "She was going to do what she needed to do and felt was right for Britain. I didn't agree with everything she did, but as a study in character for women, I think she was a very good one."
The interview was broadcast on International Women's Day.
Clark also told Fife that political parties have a tendency not to run women in ridings where they have a good chance of winning.
"That's changing," Clark added. "For me, 50 percent of my cabinet are women."
In fact, eight of Clark's 19 cabinet ministers are female. One of them, Naomi Yamamoto, is the minister of state for tourism and small business.
This means that seven female B.C. Liberal MLAs and 11 male B.C. Liberal MLAs oversee ministries and have deputy ministers report to them.
"I did not set out with a quota I'm going to have 50 percent women," Clark told CTV Question Period. "It's just that I had all these qualified women and they were the best at the job. So half the cabinet is female. It's kind of escaped most people's attention."