Shannon Phillips Shows In 1 Tweet Why It Sucks To Be A Woman In Politics

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MLA Shannon Phillips has faced harassment and online abuse during her time in politics. | Shannon Phillips/Facebook
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Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips is drawing attention to how awful people can be to female politicians.

On Wednesday, Phillips publicly spoke out on Twitter after a man posted that he would like to stomp on her face.

"I have no idea why women might think twice about entering politics," Phillips tweeted, along with the man's post which has since been deleted.

The minister has said in the past that she receives near daily abuse online. In April, a man was charged after he allegedly called her office and threatened to shoot everyone inside over the province's carbon tax, The Canadian Press reported.

The now-deleted tweet and Phillips' response:

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has also received torrents of online abuse, telling Global News death threats are not "out of the ordinary."

After one Twitter user questioned whether online harassment was really a "women's issue," as many politicians face strong negative feedback, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi came to Phillips' defense.

"It is so much worse for women in politics. I almost never have violence threatened for example," the mayor tweeted.

MP Michelle Rempel also spoke out recently about the frustrations of being a woman in politics, a move Phillips welcomes.

"I think it's good when women speak out and say, 'Look, enough's enough,'" Phillips said, according to CBC News.

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