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 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."
"It makes a difference and Canada is still lagging in this important measure of democracy."
"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."
"Equal Voice is critical because I can't wait 390 years for the gender gap in Canada - in terms of women's political representation - to be closed!"
"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."
"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."
"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?"
"We need more women at all levels of government in order to make better and more balanced public policy decisions. Women still face multiple barriers to running for elected office, and it is important that elected men and women encourage, mentor, and support them."
"I want to see more women in politics so that that one day it will no longer be acceptable for the media to concentrate on a female politician's appearance rather than her policies. I believe EV can, and does, help shape the media's portrayal of women in politics."
"It's about damn time."