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The What:  How are women faring in politics in Canada?

  • So what exactly IS THE DEAL regarding women in politics in Canada? How well or poorly is Canada doing (apart from our six female premiers) and why does it matter? EV’s Fundamental Facts page with its Canadian and International reports gives you a better picture.
  • In partnership with Carleton University, Equal Voice is designing a web portal which will profile current Canadian research on four crucial aspects of women’s experiences in politics. Diving Deeper: A Better Understanding of Women's Experiences in Politics will allow women to Engage with Electorate Behaviour, Connect with Women's Participation in Public Life, Employ Exisiting and New Strategies to Promote Increased Women's Participation and Learn from Female Candidates' Experiences. Watch for the launch later this year!

Equal Voice’s One of a Kind Canada Challenge:

Before every federal election, Equal Voice works with all major federal parties on its Canada Challenge campaign.  Leveraging the good will we have generated in Ottawa and engaging in high diplomacy with party officials, Equal Voice secures before every federal election a shared commitment from the leaders of all major parties to field more women candidates. Read more about out 2007 and 2009 campaigns.  

In comparing the 2006 and 2011 federal elections, Equal Voice was pleased to see that 72 more women ran in 2011 (representing 28.5 percent of all candidates).

Our Signature Welcome Back to Parliament Event:

Equal Voice hosts its annual signature Welcome Back Event on Parliament Hill every fall for all MPs and Senators to raise awareness about the need for and value of more women in Parliament.

Our fall 2012 event focused on Optimal Performance: Balancing Work and Life in the World of Politics and Business and featured the Hon. Lisa Raitt, Nazanin Afshin Jam, Julie Jacobson, and Members of Parliament Justin Trudeau and Libby Davies.

Equal Voice in the Media

Equal Voice is the go to organization for comment on women in politics.  As a multipartisan organization with its eye on the numbers and women’s real time experiences in politics, we respond regularly to daily events and breakthroughs like the election of female premiers.  

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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.

Peggy Taillon

President & CEO, Canadian Council on Social Development & Founder, HERA Mission of Canada

"If we want politics to be better, to do better, to reflect the rich diversity of this country and to consider the greater good, we need more women to make their voice heard. "

Anita Vandenbeld

Member of Parliament for Ottawa West—Nepean

"When a woman runs for office, she learns certain lessons. Why should every woman learn them from scratch? Together we can build on each others' experiences and get much further ahead"

Hon. Carolyn Bennett

MP (St. Paul's) & Chair of the federal Liberal Women's Caucus

"At Women’s College Hospital the motto is Non Quo Sed Quo Modo – “it’s not what you do but how.” It’s the same in politics and more women change not only what is discussed but how we work together to make change in the public good. "

Kathleen Monk

Strategic Communications & Public Affairs Consultant

"Equal Voice challenges women to move beyond exercising influence at the ballot box and supports women in winning seats on the political benches. I’m an Equal Voice champion because I want to see more women winning."

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."

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."

Sheila Gervais

Former National Director, Liberal Party of Canada

"Women in positions of political leadership make a huge difference in how campaigns are run – and won – and improve the chances of having legislation adopted once elected because of their collaborative approach to decision-making."

Shari Graydon

Founder, Informed Opinions

"The only way we're ever going to achieve a more equitable distribution of the social costs of perpetuating the species is for women to be sharing our experience-informed perspectives in the corridors of power."

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."

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