‘Are you ready for someone like me?’ Conservative MP Michelle Rempel talks women and leadership on Twitter

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel responds to a question in Ottawa on June 11, 2013. Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press

Calgary MP Michelle Rempel vented about the minefield facing women in political leadership Wednesday night on Twitter.

The 35-year-old Conservative MP won back her seat in Monday’s election. But not all Conservatives fared so well. The party lost power to the Liberals and Conservative leader Stephen Harper is resigning.

Rempel’s name is among those being floated as leadership contenders. Which led her to blow off steam online on the often contradictory standards that still exist for women in (or who want to be in) positions of power.

“I’m a 35 year old chick. We’re not supposed to do these sorts of things, you know,” she wrote. However, she also said that, “Times have changed.”

88 women were elected to the House of Commons this election – the highest number ever. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has pledged that half of his cabinet will be women.

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“Many of you talk about women in leadership and politics,” wrote Rempel.

“I am competent, proven, and ready. Here’s the question – are you ready for someone like me?”

Read Rempel’s full Twitter rant below:

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