Be Her.
Support Her.
Celebrate Her.

Wow, what strides women leaders in Canada have made! Let’s keep it up!

Equal Voice has been thrilled to witness the extraordinary accomplishments of so many women leaders from across the country.  But we also know that our efforts to ensure women get elected just CANNOT stop here. Despite a historic high of six female premiers as of mid year 2013, Canada currently has three female premiers serving as of the spring 2015: Premier Kathleen Wynne in Ontario, Premier Christy Clark in British Columbia and, most recently, Premier Rachel Notley who leads a newly elected majority government in Alberta. In several provinces and territories, there are some dynamic women leading Opposition parties. 

However, the reality is that Canada needs far more women (thousands actually!) serving in the House of Commons, in provincial/territorial legislatures across the country as well as hundreds of municipal councils.  Currently, just under 25 percent of Canada’s Members of Parliaments are women. Across the country, women occupy an average of 25 percent of all municipal seats.  

While many people think municipal politics is more accessible to women, did you know that only 16 percent of Canada’s mayors are female?

This is where YOU come in.

Equal Voice’s mandate is to be the place and space that women politicians and those wanting to run congregate in order to find the support, the networks and the tools to succeed.

EV also regularly celebrates women politicians through our annual EVE Awards in Ottawa and Toronto.  EV knows that every women we honour is an inspiration to thousands of other women for her courage and commitment to serve in elected office -  no easy task given the intense media scrutiny and workload getting and staying elected entails.

Will You Be Her, Support Her or Celebrate Her (or all three!) ?

To strengthen Equal Voice’s capacity to encourage and equip women to get elected now (or someday soon), Equal Voice is renewing its campaign to encourage one thousand Canadians to JOIN EV in just one hundred days.

We are also inviting dynamic women and men to consider serving as a 2014 EV Champion - adding your name to an esteemed list of leaders from a variety of sectors!

Meet our current champions here!

Our champions, women and men, are working with Equal Voice to EXPAND the opportunities for women on the political landscape. They are spreading the word about the work we do, encouraging individuals to join Equal Voice and reaching out to women to become involved in every aspect of the political process- whether it be as candidates, organizers, or supporters- or all three!

EV knows that Canada needs thousands of more women to Be Her and many more women and men to Support and Celebrate Her if we are to sustain the progress we have made.  Equal Voice believes that Canada's democracy only stands to benefit when women are equally represented at every decision making table.  Research throughout the world demonstrates that when women are well represented in politics, the conversation, the culture and the outcomes change – for the better.

To apply to be a champion, email us at champions@equalvoice.ca and tell us in 100 words why you are motivated to support our campaign!

 

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Thanks also to the Government of Canada (Status of Women & Canadian Heritage) for their financial support.

Who Is Being Her. Supporting Her. Celebrating Her.

Susan Richards

""Its simple to me. Equal representation should already be a thing in 2015; in all levels of government and in the boardroom. Let us make it so.""

Sheilagh O'Leary

Equal Voice Newfoundland and Labrador Chair

""Gender equity in politics is essential to enhancing quality of life for all. Encouraging mentorship for young, aspiring women is my personal mission.""

Alison Redford

Premier of Alberta (former)

"I know I have a strong caucus because it reflects Alberta’s diversity and includes the voices of some very smart and accomplished women. I’m proud to be Alberta’s first female premier and I get so encouraged when I hear other women talk about getting involved in the political process. With organizations like Equal Voice driving this cause forward, I know we’re going to keep making progress."

url: http://alberta.ca/premier.cfm

Megan Harris

Columnist, Toronto Sun

"Increased involvement of women in political leadership roles strengthens Canadian democracy."

Laura Beaulne-Stuebing

Chief political correspondent, Yahoo Canada

Michal Harewood

Former National Youth Chair, Equal Voice

"Young women are our future and engaging them now is key to ensuring a balanced and vibrant democracy going forward."

Alanna Newman

Equal Voice Toronto Co-Chair

"We need to engage more women of all ages in the political process, and help them develop the skills and network they need to succeed. Girls interested in politics deserve strong role models. Quite simply, I want more little girls aspire to be Mayors, Premiers, and Prime Ministers. "

Dana Levac

National Treasurer, Equal Voice

"Because equipping women with the tools, knowledge and confidence to become leaders will yield to positive changes in all aspects of life. "

Nancy Coldham

Equal Voice Toronto Co-Chair

"I applaud Equal Voice for its efforts to portray images of strong, dynamic women leaders, regardless of political party affiliation, embedding a national consciousness that women’s leadership makes a difference and matters to all. We don’t have to “Be Her”, but we will celebrate her, write a cheque for her and vote for her. Let’s break the glass ceiling in Ottawa."

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