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To the editor,

In a year and a half, Nova Scotians will vote for their municipal representatives. The October 18, 2008 municipal election falls on Persons Day, which commemorates the 1929 declaration that women are "persons under the law," qualified to be appointed to the Senate. The coincidence is timely.

Nova Scotia needs more women in all areas of municipal decision-making, as elected representatives, as senior administrators and as citizens on boards and committees.

Accounting for more than half the province's population, women make up only one in five municipal councillors, one in 11 mayors or wardens and less than one in four top municipal administrators.

You almost certainly know a woman who dedicates her time and energy to making her community better; a woman who would be an asset on any municipal council. On March 8, International Women's Day, encourage her to run for municipal council in 2008.

By Claire Detheridge

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