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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.

Vicky Smallman

Director, Women's & Human Rights, Canadian Labour Congress

"As a longtime member, I am proud to help build EV's membership so women can work together to confront our common challenges. A critical mass will make a difference for women's equality and I'm committed to helping us get there."

Hon. Isabel Bassett

Former Ontario Minster of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation

"Every woman I talk to dreams of seeing more women elected to government. By joining Equal Voice each one of us can help turn these dreams into reality."

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"

Dr. Hedy Fry, MP

Vancouver Centre Liberal Party

"We need more women at all levels of government in order to make better and more balanced public policy decisions. Women still face multiple barriers to running for elected office, and it is important that elected men and women encourage, mentor, and support them."

Claire Detheridge

Councillor of 31 yrs, Cape Breton Regional Municipality

"Women have a perspective that needs to expressed. We are an equal to our male counterparts; remember votes for women translate to stronger voices for women. "

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."

Monica Lysack

Instructor, Sheridan College

"As a former candidate, I know how important it is to be encouraged to run and have the right set of supports and networks – even across party lines. EV’s work is so crucial to getting more women on the ballot. "

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."

Michael Chong

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Communities and Urban Affairs

"Canadians have only one democratically elected voice in the federal government: their locally elected Member of Parliament (MP). Women and visible minorities are underrepresented in the House of Commons, not reflecting the diversity and composition of the Canadian population. This makes it even more important to ensure that MPs from these under-represented constituencies be accorded the respect necessary to give voice to their views and aspirations. That's why I support Equal Voice's #RespectHER initiative."

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