The fact that Sooke mayor Maja Tait is pregnant is all over the news. The print papers have covered it. On Monday morning, CFAX1070 announced, “Sooke mayor, Maja Tait has made an announcement that’s rarely heard in politics: She’s pregnant.”
There are reasons why it’s rarely heard in politics. First, because there are fewer women than men in politics; second, because when a male mayor becomes a dad, it’s not relevant. Men, it appears are quite capable of quietly managing a private life while serving the public.
Accordingly, we (me) at Sooke PocketNews have opted not to cover that particular news story.
Why? Because this particular publisher/editor/writer/web wonk/woman does not think that a mayor’s changing family structure is more or less relevant than any other changing family structure in Sooke. And since we don’t cover them all, we won’t cover this one.
Would the same news make headlines if our mayor were a man? Probably not. Would it be seen as relevant to his ability to lead? Probably not. Might he take some time off for parental leave, as is his right? Maybe, maybe not. Would he be clever enough to figure out who would step in in his absence? Probably. Will it alter the course of our town? Undoubtedly … not.
So, yes, I have personally extended my congratulations to Maya Tait. And beyond this editorial, SPN will leave her changing family structure to be her personal business. At SPN, we want her to progressively manage our town in collaboration with the other Councillors and the District staff. What she does with and in her own family is, truly, her own business.
– Britt Santowski
Publisher, editor, writer, web wonk, and then some,