Women in Politics

338 Young Women Took Over Canada's Parliament And It Was Glorious

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Politics

In celebration of International Women's Day, Equal Voice filled the House of Commons with women between the ages of 18 and 23 to represent every riding in the country.

Equality Starts With Giving Women The Confidence To Compete – And Win

Christy Clark | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Christy Clark

I'm often asked what we can do to reach true equality - a world where women and men were equally represented in everything from government to business. If I had to pick one single thing we could address, I'd say confidence. Simply put - men have it. Too often, women don't. On this International Women's Day it's important to celebrate and recognize successful women. Young women, girls need to see others succeeding in fields that traditionally have been dominated by men. It's important for young women to see other women in politics and government.

Trudeau's Feminism Is More Talk Than Action: Oxfam Report

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Rieger | Posted 03.07.2017 | Canada Politics

"There is no better time for Canada to demonstrate its commitment to advancing women's rights."

N.L. Minister Says She's Endured 'Vile' Online Abuse

CP | Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Politics

"Have a disagreement with me ... Don't vote for me ... But don't abuse me online."

#LiftHerUp Campaign Counters Sexist 'Lock Her Up' Chant

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 12.11.2016 | Canada Alberta

“We cannot tolerate this hateful language ..."

MP's Letter From 'Creepy Weirdo' Shows What Women Politicians Face

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Politics

This is gross.

Wynne: Breaking The Glass Ceiling 'Just Got A Little Bit Harder'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics

It would've be great for young women to see a female president, she said.

Gender Equity Enables More Canadians To Live Their Optimal Lives

Reva Seth | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Reva Seth

On the one-year anniversary of the election that brought us Canada's first 50/50 cabinet, a day after Person's Day and heading into the final weeks of the U.S. election, we are at a peak moment to assess how we doing both in terms of getting women into public life and politics and why it matters.

Labour Group Asks RCMP To Probe Threats Against Women In Politics

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Alberta

The AFL says extremists in the province are directing hate speech at female politicians.

Female Politicians In Canada Have Mixed Feelings About Clinton

CP | Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Politics

They're not sure whether Hillary Clinton becoming the U.S. Democratic party nominee should be considered a big deal.

Wynne Accepts Alberta MLA's Apology For 'Vicious' Personal Attack

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2016 | Canada Politics

Kathleen Wynne wonders whether a man would have faced the same kind of comments.

Gender Equity: We Need A Genuine Shift In The Political Landscape

Reva Seth | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Reva Seth

These next few days are like festival season for political people: in Winnipeg the Liberal Party is gathering for the 2016 Biennial Convention while over in Vancouver, the Conservative Party are also in the midst of their national convention. Gender equity and increasing the number of female candidates will be a hot topic for both. PM Trudeau and his core team have this made this a clear priority for this Liberal Party and for the Conservatives, a more gender inclusive party has to be an essential part of their renewal efforts.

Gender Parity In Politics Can't Wait Another 100 Years

Janis Irwin | Posted 04.19.2017 | 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 01.28.2017 | 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 11.04.2016 | 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 11.03.2016 | 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 10.04.2016 | 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?