Equal Voice is a national multi-partisan organization whose mandate is to promote the election of more women to every level of government. We are the ONLY organization that brings women together across the country and across the political spectrum to advance women’s representation in elected office.
Through your membership, you are demonstrating your commitment - as a woman or man, a Canadian and political activist/observer– to changing the political landscape as we know it. And to change it for the better.
Research throughout the world demonstrates that when women are well represented in politics, the conversation, the culture and the outcomes change – for good.
For over a decade, Equal Voice has offered events, programs and initiatives to facilitate women’s access to the political sphere.
EV’s members have played a pivotal part in the success of these initiatives through supporting their development, spreading the word, donating time/money/resources as well as participating in them.
Not only are our members committed women and men, they are elected representatives, party members, public policy experts, business professionals, women’s advocates, aspiring candidates, youth leaders, and young women and men along with many others who share the vision of EV.
EV brings together these wonderfully talented, diverse and interesting individuals through its nine chapters in seven provinces throughout Canada. From coast to coast, EV’s members keep their eye on the political ball, report in on groundbreaking developments, liaise with political parties in their area as well as host key events.
And collectively, they help us change the debate and complexion of governments right across Canada.
EV’s Chapters currently include: British Columbia, Alberta North and South, Saskatchewan, Ontario (Toronto and Ottawa), New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador – with chapters in Manitoba and the north currently in development.
Membership in Equal Voice is both national and local. 40 percent of the total annual membership revenue of all $50 fees go to your designated chapter.
EV members have the opportunity to participate in and vote at annual General Meetings of your local/regional chapter. Members of a chapter choose the chair or co-chairs who sit on EV’s national board.
EV members have the opportunity to participate and vote in our national Annual General Meetings. Members elect seven of the sixteen individuals who serve as at large members on our national board.
Members receive invitations to key local events and activities, organized by your chapter.
By becoming a member, you will:
strengthen your political networks
get priority access to strategic events on Parliament Hill and provincial legislatures in key cities and across the country
receive EV’s regular e-newsletter sent to interested members/supporters three times/year and learn how your support is making a difference
celebrate women in power through our annual Eve Award luncheon (a members’ only rate applies for each luncheon)
increase your awareness about women’s election to, and progress while, in elected office.
engage in hands-on volunteer opportunities with chapters across the country
share your views via our on line presence
be part of history as you join us to elect more women than ever before in Canada.
And most of all, as an EV member, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are part of a dynamic, diverse and gutsy network of women and men who are all motivated to see more women serving in elected office - at every level.
Whether that woman is you, your daughter, wife/partner, mother, sister/good friend or colleague, Equal Voice will do everything in our power to make sure she gets there!
Moreover, EV’s plans to strengthen and expand many of our trademark initiatives so that they are available to more women, more often in the coming months and years.
Thanks also to the Government of Canada (Status of Women & Canadian Heritage) for their financial support.
"Women have a perspective that needs to expressed. We are an equal to our male counterparts; remember votes for women translate to stronger voices for women. "
"If we want politics to be better, to do better, to reflect the rich diversity of this country and to consider the greater good, we need more women to make their voice heard. "
"“Deep change in our political system is needed. I believe it will only be achieved when our elected officials truly represent our citizenship; including ensuring a balanced gender perspective. More women running = more women winning.”"
"I can only be what I can see: we need a critical mass of women in politics to finally turn the tide on the centuries-old perception of politics as an 'old boys club', into a world that is abundant with women's voices."
"As a longtime member, I am proud to help build EV's membership so women can work together to confront our common challenges. A critical mass will make a difference for women's equality and I'm committed to helping us get there."
"Canadians have only one democratically elected voice in the federal government: their locally elected Member of Parliament (MP). Women and visible minorities are underrepresented in the House of Commons, not reflecting the diversity and composition of the Canadian population. This makes it even more important to ensure that MPs from these under-represented constituencies be accorded the respect necessary to give voice to their views and aspirations. That's why I support Equal Voice's #RespectHER initiative."
"We each have value and are valuable. As women, our participation is vital to the process of creating a culture that is conducive to the pursuit of our potential. Leaders at all levels influence the creation of this culture. Future generations are looking to us to step up and lead the way."
"Women remain stubbornly under-represented in Canada’s boardrooms and legislatures. I have long supported initiatives that work to remove the obstacles that limit a woman’s ability to take their rightful place as leaders and decision makers. This campaign illustrates the ways in which we can all move this important objective forward: BE her, SUPPORT her, CELEBRATE her. I hope you will help."
"At Women’s College Hospital the motto is Non Quo Sed Quo Modo – “it’s not what you do but how.” It’s the same in politics and more women change not only what is discussed but how we work together to make change in the public good. "
"The more diverse the elected, the more democratically-engaged and impassioned the electorate. To exclude women from leadership is downright nonsensical."