21%? Not good enough!Thu Mar 3, 2005 Miss Vicky
It seems the political glass ceiling in this country is not only fixed, but at least a kilometre thick and stronger than concrete. Women currently hold 21 % of the seats in our House of Commons, and we've been stuck around that number for many years now, with no real indication that things are going to change any time soon. In fact, it seems to be getting harder for women to succeed politically, no matter which party they choose.
A recent poll by the Centre for Research and Information on Canada says that 9 out of 10 Canadians think that electing more women would help us achieve a more well-functioning political system. So what's the holdup?
I could go on about the barriers women face when considering entering the political arena... but I'll save that piece of vitriol for another day. The question is, what are we going to do about it?
Equal Voice is a national organization dedicated to improving the representation of women in politics. We've formed a chapter here in the Nation's Capital, and are hosting a lunch to celebrate International Women's Day. I hope members of my faithful legion (from both genders) will attend, and consider joining the organization
Here are the details. RSVP by March 4 if you'd like to attend!
EqualVOICE National Capital Region cordially invites you to a special lunch celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th.
Nikki Macdonald, Chair of EqualVOICE NCR and Vicky Smallman, Vice-Chair of EqualVOICE NCR are pleased to be able to host the Honourable Liza Frulla, Minister for Canadian Heritage and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, who will provide the keynote address for the luncheon.
Location: National Press Club restaurant, 165 Sparks Street, 2nd floor
Date: Tuesday March 8th, 2005
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Tickets to attend this lunch are $25. To purchase a ticket, please contact Susan Korah at (613) 241-4967, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EqualVOICE is a group of women and men across the country who are deeply concerned about Canadian politics, and who have formed a multi-partisan action committee devoted to the still-bold idea that more women must be elected to every level of government in Canada.