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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.

Lana Cuthbertson

Equal Voice Alberta North Chair

""Let's get to 50 percent.""

Daryna Kutsyna

J.D. Candidate at University of Toronto Faculty of Law

""A more representative government is a government that is more inclusive, more functional, and more accountable to its constituents. By getting more women elected to all levels of public office, we ensure a system that is better to all through being rooted in fundamental equality and complete franchise.""

Sheilagh O'Leary

Immediate Past Chair, Equal Voice Newfoundland and Labrador, Deputy Mayor, St John's NL

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

Mary Anne Carter

Equal Voice NCR Chapter Co-Chair

"I not only want more women in the House; I want more women managing finance, foreign affairs and national defence."

Rosemarie Leclair

Chair & CEO, Ontario Energy Board

"Research shows that there is a direct correlation between a corporation's performance and the number of women in the boardroom and C-suite.  Why wouldn't we want to see those same results in politics and government? By supporting Equal Voice's membership campaign, one day we will."

Hon. Jean Augustine, PC, CM

Ontario Fairness Commissioner

"Women’s voices need to be represented among all levels of government to ensure a civil and caring society. Our political structures require the full and active participation of women to truly reflect the concerns and issues of all Canadians."

Laura Ross, MLA

Regina Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan

"Having capable, qualified women elected to public office is important in the development of well balanced policies."

Amy Kishek

Law student, University of Ottawa

"It's about damn time."

Jenn Jefferys

Strategic Communications Consultant and Writer

"The more diverse the elected, the more democratically-engaged and impassioned the electorate. To exclude women from leadership is downright nonsensical."

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