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The Representation of Women in Canadian Governments

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press


The Representation of Women in Canadian Governments

Following significant increases in women’s electoral representation in the 1980s and ’90s, progress has stalled. Today, there are only a few more women in Canada’s parliament and legislatures than a decade ago. What has happened to the representational gains for women and why does gender parity remain so elusive? To answer these questions, Stalled provides a detailed road map of women’s political representation as candidates, office-holders, cabinet ministers, party leaders, and as representatives of the Crown at all levels of government across Canada. Comprehensive and accessible, this volume makes clear that women are far from achieving equality in sites of formal political power.

360 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword – Women, Power, Politics: Surveying the Canadian Landscape / Sylvia Bashevkin

Introduction: The Road to Gender Parity / Manon Tremblay, Jane Arscott, and Linda Trimble

1 Truly More Accessible to Women than the Legislature? Women in Municipal Politics / Manon Tremblay and Anne Mévellec

2 The Alberta Advantage? Women in Alberta Politics / Brenda O’Neill

3 When Numerical Gains Are Not Enough: Women in British Columbia Politics / Jocelyne Praud

4 Complacency and Gender Silence: Women in Manitoba Politics / Shannon Sampert

5 A Province at the Back of the Pack: Women in New Brunswick Politics / Joanna Everitt

6 A Laggard No More? Women in Newfoundland and Labrador Politics / Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant

7 Electoral Breakthrough: Women in Nova Scotia Politics / Louise Carbert and Naomi Black

8 Breaking the Holding Pattern? Women in Ontario Politics / Tracey Raney

9 Getting Women’s Names on the Ballot: Women in Prince  Edward Island Politics / John Crossley

10 Hitting a Glass Ceiling? Women in Quebec Politics / Manon Tremblay

11 A Prairie Plateau: Women in Saskatchewan Politics / Loleen Berdahl

12 In the Presence of Northern Aboriginal Women? Women in Territorial Politics / Graham White

13 Slow to Change: Women in the House of Commons / Lisa Young

14 “Way Past That Era Now?” Women in the Canadian Senate / Stephanie Mullen, with the collaboration of Manon Tremblay and Linda Trimble

Conclusion: A Few More Women / Linda Trimble, Manon Tremblay, and Jane Arscott


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