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.

Dana Levac

Former 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. "

Alanna Newman

Immediate Past Equal Voice Toronto Co-Chair

"We need to engage more women of all ages in the political process, and help them develop the skills and network they need to succeed. Girls interested in politics deserve strong role models. Quite simply, I want more little girls aspire to be Mayors, Premiers, and Prime Ministers. "

Megan Harris

Columnist, Toronto Sun

"Increased involvement of women in political leadership roles strengthens Canadian democracy."

Minh Luu

Chief Social Architect, M&C

"The lack of women in leadership decreases diversity. When we decrease diversity, we decrease the pool from which we draw ideas and solutions. Equal Voice understands that diversity in leadership enriches us all and that's why EV's work is important to a stronger Canada."

Lana Cuthbertson

Equal Voice Alberta North Chair

""Let's get to 50 percent.""

Councillor Jane Twinney

Ward 3, Newmarket, Ontario

"Back in 2010, I had submitted my name to run for municipal office and I won, beating out an incumbent. This was after losing to this particular man in 2006. I didn’t give up and I want to encourage other women not to give up. I encourage women in my community to think about running for office at every opportunity. It has been a wonderful experience and I hope I see more women taking the plunge."

Lynne Hamilton

Immediate Past Chair Equal Voice

"Electing more women is just common sense."

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."

Nancy Coldham

Immediate Past Equal Voice Toronto Co-Chair

"I applaud Equal Voice for its efforts to portray images of strong, dynamic women leaders, regardless of political party affiliation, embedding a national consciousness that women’s leadership makes a difference and matters to all. We don’t have to “Be Her”, but we will celebrate her, write a cheque for her and vote for her. Let’s break the glass ceiling in Ottawa."

Joan Weinman

Principal, The Melbourne Group

"Hillary Clinton recently said that 'the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century.' I became a national board member for Equal Voice because I would like to help 'finish the business' of attaining greater gender balance in all levels of government in this country. I not only believe we can ... I believe we must."

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