Women in Politics

Gender Parity In Politics Can't Wait Another 100 Years

Janis Irwin | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Janis Irwin

At the provincial level, three provinces are led by women, including Premier Rachel Notley in Alberta. Women make up 53 per cent of our province's cabinet ministers. In 2006, it was a mere 11 per cent. So, in a decade, that's progress. Federally, as in Alberta, cabinet is gender-balanced, a move that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justified with the now oft-quoted "because it's 2015." Yet, in 2016, it must be noted that only 26 per cent of seats in the House of Commons are held by women. So, why is it that the lack of gender parity remains so pronounced in most levels of government across Canada?

Trudeau Must Move Beyond Quotas To Encourage Gender Equality

Clare Beckton | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Clare Beckton

While the cabinet is now 50 -50, we are still a far cry from achieving equality in Canada. Numbers alone are not the complete solution to the complex challenge of achieving equality. We can see this by looking at quotas which are unable to achieve their stated goals.

Why A Gender-Balanced Cabinet Matters

Elizabeth May | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth May

I do not recall anyone questioning the merits of male ministers being appointed as the vast majority of cabinets -- forever. Were all those stellar choices under Stephen Harper (Julian Fantino, Vic Toews, and Pierre Poilievre to name a few) just so unquestionably well-prepared for the job that the matter never came up? Or is it beyond obvious that questions of merit never surfaced when the expected men were put in their usual spots -- known as positions of power?

Why Cabinet Quotas Are Good For Canada

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

"There are meritorious MPs of all shades, genders and orientations."

Jean Charest Comes Out For Gender Parity In Politics

CBC | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Politics

"The gender balance in politics is a question of fairness, I believe."

Voters Prefer Women Candidates Over Men, Experiment Suggests

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Politics

A research experiment gauging how people react differently to female and male political candidates is raising questions about how gender stereotypes i...

The Best And Worst Countries For Women May Surprise You

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living

When it comes to ranking countries based on best places to live or quality of life, it's easy to see a certain pattern emerge. Scandinavian countries,...

Crap, I'm Ineligible for Public Office

Jarrah Hodge | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jarrah Hodge

We have to call bullshit on those who think something like talking about masturbation or being in a sexy photo is shameful or even relevant to holding the vast majority of public offices.

Acknowledging Vulnerabilities Can Help Empower Women

Kevin Elliott | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Elliott

Trish Kelly, a prominent member of Vancouver activism and a self-described sex-positive" and "queer" resigned her nomination as a candidate for park board in the city's upcoming municipal election, because of the surfacing of a humorous and risqué Fringe Festival video she made about masturbation from way back in 2006. As a male, I struggle with the guilt that something like that would not be nearly as damaging to my public figure.

The Country With the Most Women in Parliament? You Might Be Surprised

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Impact

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png A quick quiz for you -- which country has: the most women in parliament? The largest number on boards? Drum roll -- Rwanda 63.8 per cent and Norway 40.6 per cent. So it seems that when it comes to leadership, the glass ceiling in the U.S. and U.K. isn't about to be shattered any time soon. But does this really matter? I think it does.

Trudeau's Lack of Support For Christine Innes Will Hurt Him

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

Trudeau publicly promised that all Liberal nomination meetings in all the federal ridings would be open and democratic. But instead of supporting and encouraging Christine Innes' efforts to win a third nomination, Trudeau kiboshed her candidacy and destroyed Innes' dream of recapturing Trinity-Spadina. Holy hypocrisy, Justin!

An Open Nomination Doesn't Mean Liberals Reward Bad Behaviour

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

There seems to be some confusion as to the difference between open nominations and the commitment in the Liberal Party for open and fair nominations. In 2009, when we presented the "Change Commission" report to the Liberal Party of Canada, we really wanted to call it "Stop Rewarding Bad Behaviour." From coast to coast to coast we had heard stories of 'bad behaviour' in nomination and leadership races that were seriously turning people off the political process.

This Country Has the Most Women in Politics

Barbara Stegemann | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada
Barbara Stegemann

On the 104th International Women's Day, March 08 we celebrate women's political, economic and cultural triumphs. Can you guess which country in our global village holds the record for the highest number of women in political office at the national level?

Gloria Steinem Defends Trudeau's Ladies Night

CBC | Meagan Fitzpatrick | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Living

Gloria Steinem, one of the most famous leaders of the feminist movement, says there was nothing inappropriate about the recent ‘Ladies Night’ even...

Women Need to Get More Interested in Politics - Now

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Yoni Goldstein

Prime Minister Harper's cabinet shuffle has established four new female faces in ministerial positions. But a recent study that finds women are out of touch when it comes to politics. According to study author, "It's not only that women tend to know less about public affairs, but they are more disconnected to the political process ... Women are more inclined to say they are not interested in politics than men. Women are also more inclined to say politics are complicated and difficult to understand." As a man, I say the following with much discomfort: This will not do, ladies. Politics is important, no matter your gender. You need to do better.

Canadian Women Know Less About Politics Than Men: Research

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Politics

Women in Canada are more ignorant of politics and current affairs than men, research funded by the U.K. government concluded. So are women in Austr...

Record Female MLAs

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia

British Columbia elected more women to its legislature on Tuesday than any other province in Canada, and that's before Premier-elect Christy Clark eve...

228 Years Until Gender Equality! Go Canada!

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.25.2013 | Canada Living

Efforts to close Canada's gender gap are moving at a rate so slow, it could take Canadian women 228 years to catch up to men. Although Canada rece...

'Don't Go Into Acting': Geena Davis On Women In Media

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada Living

"The ratio of male to female characters in movies has been the same since 1946, despite all the times the media has said, 'Well, now things are differ...

How Can More Women Participate In Politics? Ask First Nations Politicians

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2012 | Canada Impact

OTTAWA - They did it without quotas, action plans or affirmative action.Half of the eight candidates in the recent election for national chief of the ...

Women Less Politically Powerful In Canada Than In Guyana: Study

CBC | Posted 01.02.2012 | Canada Politics

Canada lags behind countries like Burundi, Latvia and Guyana when it comes to how much political power women wield relative to men, a new report sugge...

Are Women More Politically Progressive Than Men?

Donald Lenihan | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada Politics
Donald Lenihan

If women are poised to play a bigger role in politics, I believe there will be a gender effect, but I don't think left vs. right is the best way of framing it. I agree that women will make politics more progressive, but this is not necessarily the same as more left-wing.

What do Dalton McGuinty and Kathy Griffin Have in Common?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 11.28.2011 | Canada
Kathy Buckworth

What do comedienne Kathy Griffin and Premier Dalton McGuinty have in common, besides their Irish roots? Within the space of 24 hours, I saw them both ...

Is Canadian Politics Still A Man's World?

CP | Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2011 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A woman is in the running to lead Ontario for the first time in 15 years, but that doesn't mean there have been many gains made for female p...

Is There a Wrong Way to Get Women Into Politics?

Jarrah Hodge | Posted 09.01.2011 | Canada
Jarrah Hodge

The very argument that women are innately good at nurturing is anti-feminist. It's actually the same argument that's been used to keep women out of politics, making sure that when mothers run for office they get questioned about how they're making sure their children are taken care of.