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Equal Voice is Turning Ten - Help us honour ten individuals who have paved the way

Jan 20, 2011

 

This year, Equal Voice is turning ten. For us, this is a milestone worth celebrating. 

 
Equal Voice has evolved from an entirely volunteer driven organization founded in 2001 to a pan-Canadian network with eight provincial/regional chapters, hundreds of members and several programs designed to attract and support women who run. 
 
With our tenth anniversary upon us, Equal Voice plans to reflect, celebrate as well as strategize about how to move things forward.
 
SEND US YOUR PICKS FOR EV’S TOP TEN
 
To mark Equal Voice’s tenth anniversary, EV plans to honour ten remarkable women and men who have been crucial to paving the way for women’s current political participation in Canada.  They will be honoured in Ottawa at Equal Voice’s Leadership Summit during the week of March 8th 2011. 
 
We are asking you, EV’s members and supporters, to send us your suggestions for this select group of individuals. Names must be submitted to us on Monday, January 31st 2011 to awards@equalvoice.ca
 
The final list will be announced later in February.
 
Criteria to consider:
 
These individuals are either currently serving or formerly elected individuals in Canada who paved the way by:
- serving as one of only a few (if not the only) woman/women at the municipal/provincial/territorial/federal level
- gaining the leadership of a provincial/territorial/federal party;
- enjoying the support of constituents over a particularly long period;
- making a notable contribution for women’s political engagement while in public life;
- serving/leading in a way that is/was innovative/groundbreaking/and has paved the way for (other) women 
 
Again, we will need your suggestions by Monday, January 31 if they are to be considered.
 
In addition to name(s), please identify their role(s), time during which they served (are serving) and, if you choose, why - in one hundred words or less - you think they deserve to be honoured.
 
LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE
 
Equal Voice recognizes that Canada has enjoyed some recent success in terms of electing more women.  We also know we have some work to do as, currently, Canada sits at 51st in the world for its representation of women at the national level.
 
In the most recent federal election in 2008, we saw the largest number of female candidates running for federal office than in any other point in Canada’s history. This number, 28%, however, is still under the key one third mark.
 
In New Brunswick, more women ran, and were elected, in this past fall’s provincial election than ever before.
 
In Toronto, one third women, the highest percentage in the city’s history, were elected to municipal council this past October. Toronto is only one of two majour cities in Canada that has attained or exceeded a third. The city of Montréal has attained an impressive near 40%. 
 
In Newfoundland and Labrador, we saw history in the making this past December as outgoing Premier Danny Williams appointed deputy premier, Kathy Dunderdale, as his interim replacement, the first female Premier in the province.
 
Without the leadership of some key individuals in Canada, these successes would simply not have been possible. 
 
As Equal Voice looks back ten years, and looks forward to the next ten, we want to honour those who have been integral to moving the agenda forward.
 
 
 

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