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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...
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Still a long way to go for women in politics
It was a historic day. Fifteen women named to the first gender-balanced cabinet in Canadian history. “Because it’s 2015,” explained newly minted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when asked why parity was important to him. Many Canadians nodded in...
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Dominique Anglade named Quebec Liberal leader, becomes first black woman to head a party in province
Dominique Anglade was named the new leader of the Quebec Liberals on Monday, becoming the first ever black woman at the helm of a provincial political party in the history of Quebec. The announcement was made after contender Alexandre Cusson...
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Women are leading Canada’s public health response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak
Judging by numbers of deaths from the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada, the country has been handling the coronavirus outbreak comparatively well. Less than 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in total, despite it being one of the first...
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Modernizing our Parliament shouldn’t end with COVID-19
By Eleanor Fast, In unprecedented times come unprecedented measures. Amid COVID-19, Canadians have learned this first hand. Just six weeks ago, social distancing was a concept most had never heard of. Working from home, while on the rise in many...
Friday, November 08, 2019
Canada: Parties not voters to blame for slow rise of women MPs
By Melanee Thomas, When the ballots were counted, Canadians had elected a mere 10 more women in 2019 than they did in 2015, bringing up the proportion of women in the House of Commons from 26 percent to 29 percent. At this rate, it will take decades...
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Canada set a new record for most elected female MPs, but advocates expected more
Monday’s federal election saw a new record – the most female Members of Parliament elected to the House of Commons. Global News counted a total of 98 women MPs that were elected across all parties, an increase of 10 from the 2015 election and seven...
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Canada: NDP's Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, 25, is Nunavut's next MP
Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, 25, was the youngest candidate running for federal MP in any of the three territories. Early Tuesday morning, she became one of the youngest MPs in the country. With 55 of 59 polls counted, the NDP candidate sat at 3,717 votes —...
Friday, October 18, 2019
Panel discussion challenges underrepresentation of women in politics
On October 11, the UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions and UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) hosted a panel discussion on women’s representation in Canada. The event included two panels, one with academics and...
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Women in politics face abuse every day – and it’s getting worse
By Elizabeth Renzetti, Imagine, for a second, that you’re walking down the street with your kids or your dog and someone who doesn’t like the way you do your job decides to hurl abuse at you. This probably seems inconceivable, if you’re a teacher or...
Monday, September 16, 2019
Women in politics say they face more challenges than male counterparts
With nearly a month until the 2019 Federal Election, politicians are upping their campaign efforts more than ever. However, while campaigning is hard work for anyone, female politicians and those with political experience say women face challenges...
Friday, September 06, 2019
Men are more confident to enter politics and more likely to have been encouraged to run, poll shows
Men have greater confidence in their ability to serve as politicians and are more likely to have been personally encouraged to enter politics, a new poll shows, underscoring factors why women are under-represented at all levels of elected office in...
Thursday, July 18, 2019
How we can help women in politics overcome the 'cash ceiling'
By Tanya Nayler, Ottawa recently hosted Canada’s first-ever gathering of female first ministers for a candid discussion of the barriers for women entering and succeeding in politics. While Canada has had more than 300 first ministers in its history...
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
No women at the table as Canada’s premiers gather in Saskatoon
Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial leaders are in Saskatchewan this week, but for the first time in years, the annual gathering won’t have women at the table. “Symbolically, it’s very significant that there is no woman premier,” said Sylvia...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
House of Commons unanimously adopts new parental-leave policy for MPs
For the first time ever, members of Parliament will have the right to take paid parental leave from their jobs on Parliament Hill when they adopt or give birth. The House of Commons unanimously agreed to new rules that will allow new parents who are...

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