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More women in politics would help safeguard access to abortion (Picture: Toronto Star)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Canada: More women in politics would help safeguard access to abortion
"Women hold just 30 per cent of seats in Parliament; only two of 12 premiers are women. It matters because women matter." I remember sitting in the back seat of my dad’s truck, driving around Saint John when I was 12. I was feeling smug because I...
Quebec Solidaire MNA Ruba Ghazal said the National Assembly still has room to improve on work-life balance. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
How women have helped change the culture of politics in Quebec
As a high number of women leave the National Assembly, things are slow to change — but getting better. It's been 61 years since Claire Kirkland-Casgrain became the first woman elected to Quebec's National Assembly, and though women politicians say...
Catherine Dorion celebrates her win in the Taschereau riding in Quebec City in 2018. (Alice Chiche/Radio-Canada)
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
One in four women in Quebec's National Assembly aren't seeking re-election. What happened?
For women leaving Quebec politics, is quitting an act of self-preservation? The night she was elected in October 2018, Catherine Dorion ran up onto the stage in Quebec City and briefly stared at the crowd, shaking her fists in the air and laughing...
Quebec Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade questions Premier Legault during question period Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Dominique Anglade denounces double standard for women in politics
The life of a politician isn’t easy — even less so if you’re the leader of a party and a woman, says Quebec Liberal Party leader Dominique Anglade. In politics, women are judged more harshly in many respects, she says. They feel the pressure to be...
Women In Politics Study - Abacus/ Equal Voice
Monday, April 11, 2022
Canada: Women in politics study
This document presents the result of a series of surveys conducted by Abacus Data in January 2022, about women in politics and the future of women in politics. Click here to access the report.
The Peace Tower at the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa. PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES /Toronto Sun
Friday, January 21, 2022
Feminism and gender equality, they seem so simple
By Mark Bonokoski There is no examination to become a feminist, and no course to take to lay claim to the supposed high ground. t’s largely self-identifying. Are you a feminist? Yes I am. (Pause) Thanks. Er, please be seated. Sen. Donna Dasko...
Former federal and Nova Scotia NDP leader Alexa McDonough is shown giving a speech in Halifax on Aug. 14, 2009. (Tim Krochak/The Canadian Press) - CBC
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Canadian Alexa McDonough, former NDP leader and trailblazer for women in politics, has died
Alexa McDonough, whose leadership of the Nova Scotia NDP in 1980 made her the first woman to lead a major political party in Canada, has died at the age of 77. McDonough, who also became the leader of the federal New Democratic Party in 1995, died...
Monday, December 06, 2021
100th anniversary of the first woman being elected to the Canadian House of Commons
2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the first woman being elected to the House of Commons. Join this event on December 7 to commemorate a century of women breaking parliamentary glass ceilings. Get a chance to hear from groundbreaking women who...
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a press conference with members of his new cabinet in Ottawa, Canada, October 26, 2021 (AFP) - Daily Sabah
Monday, November 01, 2021
Trudeau shuffles Canadian cabinet, maintains gender balance
Maintaining that he intends to lead his party into the next election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday overhauled his gender balanced cabinet, naming women to the foreign affairs and defense posts. Trudeau named Mélanie Joly as foreign...
La cheffe du Conseil mohawk de Kahnawake récemment élue, Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer  PHOTO : RADIO-CANADA / IVANOH DEMERS
Monday, August 09, 2021
Indigenous leaders praise historic election victories by women
It's no coincidence that a wave of Indigenous women have won leadership roles previously held only by men, say leaders and advocates. They argue it's a sign of the times that Mandy Gull-Masty was elected the first female Grand Chief of the Cree...
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
'The colour doesn't matter': N.B. municipalities elect more women, first Black mayor in historic election
FREDERICTON -- Kassim Doumbia says he always wanted to get involved and be active in his community. He moved to Shippagan 14 years ago, and has spent the last nine years on the town’s council. Tuesday night, Doumbia became New Brunswick’s first...
WATCH: The resignation of a former cabinet minister now puts the Liberal Party in Nova Scotia in a minority situation. The impact of that all depends on if the legislature is recalled before an election is held. But the resignation, which comes after alle
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Allegations of misogyny in premier’s office could impact recruitment of female candidates
The recent resignation of a former cabinet minster puts the Nova Scotia Liberals in a minority situation, with just 24 seats in the 51-seat legislature. Margaret Miller submitted her resignation effective June 3 on Friday. “I think ultimately the...
Three women city on Calgary city council ahead of the 2021 municipal election: (L to R) Jyoti Gondek, Druh Farrell and Diane Colley-Urquhart. Supplied by the City of Calgary
Friday, May 07, 2021
Women underrepresented on Calgary city council; 18 seek council and mayor seats in 2021
Calgary city council has a representation problem. Of the 15 people on council, including 14 councillors and one mayor, five are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) and three are women. Calgary’s demographics from the most recent federal...
 WATCH: It’s now less than a week until municipal elections are held in much of New Brunswick. As candidates make their pitches to voters, one Saint John-area candidate is making an entirely different appeal to protect her family’s privacy. Travis Fortnum
Friday, May 07, 2021
Municipal candidate calls for privacy protection after ‘harassing’ phone calls
A Rothesay council candidate says a series of harassing phone calls have led her to lobby for Elections Act changes — days away from New Brunswick’s municipal elections. Tiffany Mackay French says the publication of her personal information made her...
Friday, February 05, 2021
Why don’t more women run for office?
A century ago, Agnes Macphail was the first woman elected to the House of Commons. While female participation in federal office has increased significantly since then, women still only make up 28 per cent of Parliament today. Despite them being...
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Thursday, February 04, 2021
Privilege and gendered violence in the Canadian and British Houses of Commons
Abstract The Canadian and British Houses of Commons have both recently adopted formal rules to address the problem of sexual misconduct in their parliaments. Using Feminist Institutionalism, we examine how these rules have been constrained or...
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
The real reason more women should be in politics
I got a very short, provocative email the other day from a former Ontario finance minister, whose privacy I will protect here, since it was a personal note that he sent. He was responding to a piece I’d just written about what it’ll take to get more...
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Death threats aimed at Dr. Bonnie Henry mirror contempt faced by female leaders, experts say
The revelation that B.C.'s provincial health officer has received death threats comes as no surprise to some women leaders who say this kind of abuse is a widespread problem. Dr. Bonnie Henry has been praised for her "kind, calm and safe" approach...

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