Where are all the Women? Business Management and Political Leadership: Breaking the Glass Ceiling


By: Mary Anne Carter | President of the Carleton University Equal Voice Chapter

In June 2010, The Economist published a new global index and ranking of Women’s economic opportunity. The first of its kind, the Economic Intelligence Unit constructed a pilot Women’s Economic Opportunity Index in order to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence women’s economic opportunity – and how countries have addressed them.  The goal of this index it is to spur debate and conduct research on the factors that affect women’s ability to access jobs and business opportunities.  It is also sets out to facilitate improvements in policy and programs that will encourage women’s participation in the workplace and thus create more productive economies, overall. (more…)


Summer School – for politicos at the Women’s Campaign School (WSC), Yale University


By Kathleen Monk | Equal Voice, National Capital Region

What am I doing for my summer vacation? Getting up at six am and working late into the night. That’s right, this summer I am spending my vacation at campaign school. (more…)


A Message from Nancy Peckford, Executive Director, Equal Voice, on our 2011 Anniversary


By Nancy Peckford | Executive Director, Equal Voice

As Executive Director of Equal Voice, I am incredibly excited to plan for the celebrations surrounding Equal Voices tenth anniversary.  Equal Voice has come a long way since the days when Rosemary Speirs (Founding Chair and former journalist), and Libby Burnham (former fundraising chair and long time progressive conservative), convened a meeting at the home of Donna Dasko, current National Chair, about the state of women in politics.  This meeting proved to be a pivotal launching point in the lead up to establishing a national organization. These efforts were initially entirely voluntary and fuelled by the commitment and passion of a few women who wanted to see significantly more women elected to the halls of power in Canada. (more…)


“My Experience at the G(irls) 20 Summit in Toronto” by Canadian Delegate, Leah Stuart-Sheppard


By: Leah Stuart-Sheppard | Canadian G(irls) 20 delegate

I recently attended the inaugural G(irls) 20 Summit in Toronto from June 15th – 26th.  The Summit was modelled after the G20, bringing together one girl aged 18-20 from each of the G20 countries, plus one from Malawi to represent the African Union.  Our goal was to discuss the challenges facing girls and women around the world and develop solutions.  We developed a communiqué, released on June 18, with a series of recommendations for change in the areas of Education, Health, and Economic Opportunity.  I am extremely proud of this document because it was developed through consensus and it focuses on concrete actions, not abstract goals.  Our voices are clear within it, and we are speaking up for change. (more…)



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