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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Opening Doors Wider

Women’s Political Engagement in Canada

From the days of the fur trade through the contemporary period, women have played important roles in the public life of Canada. Until the 1970s, however, these contributions were generally overlooked. This book focuses on two questions: are the doors to participation presently open wider than they were in the past? How can these doors be opened wider, both in terms of real-world participation and our scholarly understanding of public engagement? These tightly argued essays shed new light on the public involvement of women. Sophisticated discussions of both solutions and problems make this book an indispensable resource for students and practitioners of politics at all levels.

236 pages

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1 Introduction / Sylvia Bashevkin

Part 1: Community and Women’s Group Participation

2 Women and Community Leadership: Changing Politics or Changed by Politics? / Caroline Andrew

3 Rebuilding the House of Canadian Feminism: NAC and the Racial Politics of Participation / Mary-Jo Nadeau

Part 2: Winning Legislative Seats

4 Women in the Quebec National Assembly: Why So Many? / Manon Tremblay, with Stephanie Mullen

5 Are Cities More Congenial? Tracking the Rural Deficit in the House of Commons / Louise Carbert

Part 3: Cabinet and Party Leadership Experiences

6 Making a Difference When the Doors Are Open? Women in the Ontario NDP Cabinet, 1990-95 / Lesley Byrne

7 “Stage” versus “Actor” Barriers to Women’s Federal Party Leadership / Sylvia Bashevkin

8 One Is Not Like the Others: Allison Brewer’s Leadership of the New Brunswick NDP / Joanna Everitt and Michael Camp

Part 4: Media and Public Images

9 Crafting a Public Image: Women MPs and the Dynamics of Media Coverage / Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant

10 Do Voters Stereotype Female Party Leaders? Evidence from Canada and New Zealand / Elisabeth Gidengil,Joanna Everitt, and Susan Banducci

Part 5: Remedies and Prescriptions

11 Opening Doors to Women’s Participation / Sylvia Bashevkin



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