Be Her.
Support Her.
Celebrate Her.

Wow, what strides women leaders in Canada have made! Let’s keep it up!

Equal Voice has been thrilled to witness the extraordinary accomplishments of so many women leaders from across the country.  But we also know that our efforts to ensure women get elected just CANNOT stop here. Despite a historic high of six female premiers as of mid year 2013, Canada currently has three female premiers serving as of the spring 2015: Premier Kathleen Wynne in Ontario, Premier Christy Clark in British Columbia and, most recently, Premier Rachel Notley who leads a newly elected majority government in Alberta. In several provinces and territories, there are some dynamic women leading Opposition parties. 

However, the reality is that Canada needs far more women (thousands actually!) serving in the House of Commons, in provincial/territorial legislatures across the country as well as hundreds of municipal councils.  Currently, just under 25 percent of Canada’s Members of Parliaments are women. Across the country, women occupy an average of 25 percent of all municipal seats.  

While many people think municipal politics is more accessible to women, did you know that only 16 percent of Canada’s mayors are female?

This is where YOU come in.

Equal Voice’s mandate is to be the place and space that women politicians and those wanting to run congregate in order to find the support, the networks and the tools to succeed.

EV also regularly celebrates women politicians through our annual EVE Awards in Ottawa and Toronto.  EV knows that every women we honour is an inspiration to thousands of other women for her courage and commitment to serve in elected office -  no easy task given the intense media scrutiny and workload getting and staying elected entails.

Will You Be Her, Support Her or Celebrate Her (or all three!) ?

To strengthen Equal Voice’s capacity to encourage and equip women to get elected now (or someday soon), Equal Voice is renewing its campaign to encourage one thousand Canadians to JOIN EV in just one hundred days.

We are also inviting dynamic women and men to consider serving as a 2014 EV Champion - adding your name to an esteemed list of leaders from a variety of sectors!

Meet our current champions here!

Our champions, women and men, are working with Equal Voice to EXPAND the opportunities for women on the political landscape. They are spreading the word about the work we do, encouraging individuals to join Equal Voice and reaching out to women to become involved in every aspect of the political process- whether it be as candidates, organizers, or supporters- or all three!

EV knows that Canada needs thousands of more women to Be Her and many more women and men to Support and Celebrate Her if we are to sustain the progress we have made.  Equal Voice believes that Canada's democracy only stands to benefit when women are equally represented at every decision making table.  Research throughout the world demonstrates that when women are well represented in politics, the conversation, the culture and the outcomes change – for the better.

To apply to be a champion, email us at champions@equalvoice.ca and tell us in 100 words why you are motivated to support our campaign!

 

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Thanks also to the Government of Canada (Status of Women & Canadian Heritage) for their financial support.

Who Is Being Her. Supporting Her. Celebrating Her.

Clare Beckton

Executive Director, Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership

"Women are over 50% of our population and their participation is vital to the social and economic fabric of our nation. When women are proportionally represented in our institutions of democracy, all the richness of different perspectives are part of decision- making in our country, resulting in better policies,and programs. Now is the time to act and make equitable representation a reality. "

Nicole Loreto

Vice-President, Communications & Stakeholder Relations, The Royal Ottawa

"We need to bring gender balance to all levels of government. EV is a national organization that can help create that parity"

Kimothy Walker

CTV Ottawa News Anchor

"How can we NOT want more women as leaders in politics and business? How can we not want more role models for Canadian girls? How can we not develop public policies that reflect the needs of all citizens to help Canada flourish? How can we not want to be a shining example to other countries where women are silenced?"

Hon. Isabel Bassett

Former Ontario Minster of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation

"Every woman I talk to dreams of seeing more women elected to government. By joining Equal Voice each one of us can help turn these dreams into reality."

Sarah Onyango

Civic Engagement Advocate

"If we - as women - want to 'be the change' we want to see in our communities and country, we must drive that change by making sure we help get more women - from diverse backgrounds - to the decision-making table at all levels of government. Gender balance in our legislatures and on our city councils is key to the very legitimacy of our democracy. I want to be a part of the change by being an EV Champion. I invite you to join this powerful movement!"

Sheila Gervais

Former National Director, Liberal Party of Canada

"Women in positions of political leadership make a huge difference in how campaigns are run – and won – and improve the chances of having legislation adopted once elected because of their collaborative approach to decision-making."

Rosemarie Leclair

Chair & CEO, Ontario Energy Board

"Research shows that there is a direct correlation between a corporation's performance and the number of women in the boardroom and C-suite.  Why wouldn't we want to see those same results in politics and government? By supporting Equal Voice's membership campaign, one day we will."

Dana Levac

National Treasurer, Equal Voice

"Because equipping women with the tools, knowledge and confidence to become leaders will yield to positive changes in all aspects of life. "

Etana Cain

Legislative Assistant, Office of MP Craig Scott

"You can call Equal Voice, and they will always be there - not only to explain how politics works for women - but to support female candidates and advocate for change. To me, EV is crucial to ensuring we build a parliament that better reflects the diversity of our country."

Jenn Jefferys

Research & communications, Equal Voice National Office

"The more diverse the elected, the more democratically-engaged and impassioned the electorate. To exclude women from leadership is downright nonsensical."

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