Equal Voice Announces Liz Plank as Featured Speaker for Daughters of the Vote

 “Millennial feminist voice” to Speak at International Women’s Day event in Ottawa  

OTTAWA, February 27, 2017 – Equal Voice is pleased to announce that Liz Plank, a senior producer and correspondent at social media powerhouse Vox.com, will be a featured speaker at the Daughters of the Vote (DOV) afternoon program on International Women’s Day, March 8th at the National Arts Centre. Ms. Plank will appear alongside selected federal cabinet Ministers and senior women leaders from a variety of sectors who are driving change and creating more inclusive workplaces for women.

Named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Media, Ms. Plank is a celebrated feminist reporter with Vox, which garners over 170 million unique site visitors each month. Prior to her role with Vox Media, Ms. Plank was a Senior Correspondent at Mic and co-creator of Flip The Script, an award-winning weekly video series confronting social issues. In 2016, she won the Best in Social Media Shorty Award for news and media.   

Born and raised in Montreal, Liz Plank has built a devoted following on social media, using levity and wit to engage with news and culture on Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through her activism and creative approach to journalism.  The creator of many viral campaigns such as #AllMenCan and #WithoutTheWageGapIWould, Liz elevates the voices of those who are often not heard.

In addition to the 338 Daughters of the Vote delegates, those also invited to attend Equal Voice’s International Women’s Day afternoon program on ‘Women, Work and Power’ at the National Arts Centre include members and supporters of Equal Voice’s youth chapters at Carleton and the University of Ottawa, youth leaders from the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club, Girl Guides of Canada, the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, the Parkdale Food Centre, the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, and teens from local high schools.   

Also present or participating will be teachers from across Canada who are serving as volunteer facilitators for Daughters of the Vote’s national program, and representatives from Equal Voice’s many partners, including:  Air Canada, TD Bank Group, VIA Rail Canada, Johnson & Johnson Family Group of Companies in Canada, Abacus Data, Deloitte Canada, Amazon, Egg Farmers of Ontario, Facebook, Green Shield Canada, and TekSavvy.

Equal Voice’s historic initiative, Daughters of the Vote, will mark 100 years of federal suffrage for (some) women. Notably, however, it is also designed to underscore the still incomplete and often challenging journey of women's full political participation at all levels of government in Canada -- and to cultivate the female leaders of tomorrow. 

Women comprise just 26 per cent of politicians currently elected to the House of Commons.  Only three of Canada’s Premiers are women and municipally, women account for just 28 per cent of councillors and 18 per cent of mayors.  Canada is ranked a distant 63rd in the world on the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s list of Women in National Parliaments

Equal Voice is a multi-partisan organization, with chapters across Canada.  For more information visit:  www.equalvoice.ca.  For more information on DOV, including brief bios of the all the young women leaders selected to participate in the historic initiative, visit:  www.daughtersofthevote.ca.

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Contacts:  Susan King: 613.724.1518; susan@equalvoice.ca & Nancy Peckford: 613.854.9793; npeckford@equalvoice.ca