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Join Equal Voice in a historic national initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s formal political engagement in 2016 — along with Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

100 years ago, some women in three Canadian provinces (Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) won the right to vote in provincial elections. A year later, that same right was extended to a limited number of women in federal elections.

Following these partial victories, it would take another 45 years for the majority of women living in Canada (over the age of 18), including indigenous women living on federal reserves, to win the right to vote.

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Special Information for First Nations, Inuit and Metis Young Women

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Our invitation

Equal Voice is inviting young women from the ages of 18 to 23 to apply to be one of 338 who will take their seats in Parliament (from coast to coast to coast), literally. One young woman will be chosen from every federal riding in Canada to represent their community and to communicate their vision for Canada.

Our objective

To ensure that these 338 emerging young women leaders, among others, become familiar with Canada’s political institutions and those women and men serving in them– so that they are equipped and inspired to participate in the formal political sphere in the years and decades to come.

Our ultimate goal

To ensure that women are dynamic and equal participants at every political decision making table in the country.

Events

October 02, 2016 at 09:00 AM

Saskatchewan Legislature Event

As part of the Canadian Women Parliamentarians (CWP) annual national event series, Saskatchewan will be welcoming a select number of female MLA/MPPs across the country in October. To this end, the hosts for this event at the Saskatchewan legislature have warmly extended an invitation for the fourteen young women chosen for Daughters to join CWP participants on October 2nd and 3rd. Notably, Saskatchewan was the second of three prairie provinces to grant some women the right to vote in provincial elections 100 years ago, in 1916. The leader of the suffrage movement in Saskatchewan was Violet Clara McNaughton (1879-1968), a British homesteader and social activist. From her position as the organizer and first President of the Women Grain Growers in Saskatchewan, McNaughton encouraged various women's organizations in the province to work together for the cause of women's suffrage. And she succeeded! 

location for Saskatchewan Legislature
October 03, 2016 at 09:00 AM

British Columbia Legislature Event

On October 3rd, female MLA's from across British Columbia will gather in Victoria, BC to launch Women's History Month and unveil a permanent Women's display – the first of its kind in the BC Legislature. BC delegates of EV's Daughters of the Vote will participate in the ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the women in BC who have shaped and advanced women's voting rights in the province.  In addition to the unveiling of the permanent exhibit, DOV delegates will also engage with a multi-partisan panel of female MLA's and leaders on key issues that matter. BC DOV delegates will also participate in a legislative tour that explores historic milestones and highlights the role that women have played in the BC Legislature since the franchise was granted in 1916.  

location for British Columbia Legislature
March 07, 2017 at 09:00 AM

National leadership forum

Equal Voice is inviting 338 young women (from coast to coast to coast) to take their seat in Parliament, literally.  One young woman will be chosen from every federal riding in Canada to represent their community and to communicate their vision for Canada.

location for Railway Room, Parliament Hill

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Latest updates

Daughters of the Vote Communiqué - first events coming soon

It’s been a busy summer at Equal Voice as we prepare to officially launch Daughters of the Vote this October.   Our first two events will be hosted at provincial legislatures in British Columbia and Saskatchewan in early October to recognize and celebrate women in politics. 

Daughters of the Vote Communiqué

With less than eight months until International Women’s Day 2017, preparations are well underway for Equal Voice’s Daughters of the Vote (DOV), a unique initiative which will bring 338 young women -- one from every federal riding in Canada -- to the nation’s capital to take their seats in Parliament on March 8th. 

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Daughters of the Vote in the news

Equal Voice Canada Receives More Than 1500 Applications for Historic “Daughters of the Vote” Initiative

In just under ten weeks, Equal Voice received 1,525 applications from young women eager to participate in Daughters of the Vote, a unique initiative to mark 100 years of women’s formal political engagement in Canada, as well as celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. 

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