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The Why: BE Inspired to RUN or Support Someone Planning to Run

  • Are you quietly gathering the courage to potentially run for office? Know someone who wants to take the plunge but doesn’t quite know if she has what it takes? Hear from 20 women who have been there and done it. These are 5 minute up close and personal interviews from Canada’s best known female politicians who shared their personal stories with Equal Voice.
  • Hear from voices as diverse as Olivia Chow, Marlene Jennings, The Rt. Hon Kim Campbell, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.
  • Under the leadership of Louise Carbert and Naomi Black of EV Nova Scotia’s chapter, EV NS has developed a guide to how government works and why women’s participation matters. Called Government is Us!, it’s a user friendly tool designed to de-mystify the ins and outs of government. For more information, please contact Louise Carbert at equalvoicenovascotia@gmail.com

The How: Trade Secrets for Success -  Tools for Any Woman Thinking of Running 

  • Getting to the Gate: Running for office is a complex exercise.  If you are a woman without a lot of party experience then EV’s one of a kind, bilingual program Getting to the Gate is for you. It is a comprehensive overview of the many considerations and preparations a woman needs to undertake prior to stepping up as a PROSPECTIVE candidate.
  • Building on the strength of this program, EV launched a customized version Deep Roots, Strong Wings for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women in 2011.
  • Getting on the Ballot: With support from Status of Women Canada and in partnership with Equal Voice’s Nova Scotia chapter, EV is piloting a workshop on preparing women specifically for the nomination process.  Entitled Getting on the Ballot, the first workshop took place in Halifax. A second is in the works for Sydney, Nova Scotia.
  • Getting Elected and Making an Impact:  In 2011, Equal Voice hosted its 10th anniversary summit, Leveraging Women’s Leadership for the 21st Century.  We asked 25 esteemed women in political life to join us for five focused discussions on running for office and staying the course without losing your reputation or yourself.  Video footage for all five hour long conversations is can be viewed by clicking here.
  • Bootcamps, campaign schools and related events: Equal Voice’s various chapters have hosted a myriad of campaign schools, boot camps and other events designed to equip women to run. Want more information on a template for any of campaign schools? Email us at readytorun@equalvoice.ca

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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.

Alison Loat

Co-founder, Samara

"A Parliament that better reflects the Canadian population is an important step toward making the institution more relevant to its citizens."

Jackie DaSilva

Communications Co-Chair, EV Toronto

"I can only be what I can see: we need a critical mass of women in politics to finally turn the tide on the centuries-old perception of politics as an 'old boys club', into a world that is abundant with women's voices."

Jill Poulton

Executive and Life Coach

"We each have value and are valuable. As women, our participation is vital to the process of creating a culture that is conducive to the pursuit of our potential. Leaders at all levels influence the creation of this culture. Future generations are looking to us to step up and lead the way."

Megan Leslie

Former NDP MP president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund Canada

"Working together we can reduce barriers for women in all aspects of politics from political research, writing and organizing, to running for elected office. Having legislatures and decision-making bodies that truly reflect gender balance in this country will create a better Canada for all Canadians – let’s get going!"

Amy Kishek

Law student, University of Ottawa

"It's about damn time."

Minh Luu

Chief Social Architect, M&C

"The lack of women in leadership decreases diversity. When we decrease diversity, we decrease the pool from which we draw ideas and solutions. Equal Voice understands that diversity in leadership enriches us all and that's why EV's work is important to a stronger Canada."

Nicole Loreto

Vice-President, Communications & Stakeholder Relations, The Royal Ottawa

"We need to bring gender balance to all levels of government. EV is a national organization that can help create that parity"

Elizabeth Weir

Research Fellow in Residence, University of New Brunswick

". . . because it’s taken too damn long!"

Catherine McKenna

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

"Equal Voice is critical because I can't wait 390 years for the gender gap in Canada - in terms of women's political representation - to be closed!"

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