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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.

Velma Morgan

""Electing more women is a no-brainer. Having diverse voices at the decision making table brings different perspectives and contributes to better public policies that affect us all economically and socially. I am proud to be a part of an organization that supports, celebrates and respects her.""

Fred Sherman

Partner, SEMgroup Public Affairs

"It's really a no-brainer! Better representation means more robust input at decision-making tables. That means better policy outcomes. That's good for Canada."

Kimothy Walker

CTV Ottawa News Anchor

"How can we NOT want more women as leaders in politics and business? How can we not want more role models for Canadian girls? How can we not develop public policies that reflect the needs of all citizens to help Canada flourish? How can we not want to be a shining example to other countries where women are silenced?"

Susan Richards

Former Equal Voice board Member, CEO and Co-founder of Givopoly, Managing Partner and Co-founder of Numbercrunch

""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.""

Kathleen Walsh

Director of Policy at Evidence for Democracy

"I want to see more women in politics so that that one day it will no longer be acceptable for the media to concentrate on a female politician's appearance rather than her policies. I believe EV can, and does, help shape the media's portrayal of women in politics."

Eugene Haslam

Owner, Zaphod Beeblebrox

"I am pleased to be an Equal Voice Champion; to encourage, empower and support women for full and proactive leadership and decision-making in all levels and facets of Canadian life."

url: http://www.zaphodbeeblebrox.com

Hon. Raynell Andreychuk

Senator

"Involving women in the democratic process is about more than improving the representativeness of our political system. It is about fostering a policymaking process that is truly receptive to and reflective of the unique perspectives Canadian women bring to the table. Done properly, greater inclusiveness results in policies that more accurately reflect the breadth of Canadian society and experience, and that are more adept at upholding the common good for all Canadians."

url: http://raynellandreychuk.sencanada.ca/

Gretchen Kelbaugh

Producer/Director of "Menocracy"

"My great-aunt, Canadian Gertrude Harding, was the head of Mrs Pankhurst’s secret bodyguard during the militant women’s suffrage movement. Her spirit and I salute the work of Equal Voice."

Amy Kishek

Law student, University of Ottawa

"It's about damn time."

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