Women, Paid Work, and Leadership

Women make up just 27% of federal Members of Parliament and between 9%, (Nunavut) and 39% (British Columbia) of legislators at the provincial and territorial level. Women are also under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and, according to Statistics Canada, continue to face a wage gap.

Equal Voice and the Daughters of the Vote are committed to electing more women from all parties to all office across Canada. Delegates from across the country are already working towards change that will benefit young women across Canada.

Equal Voice has selected two Network Leaders to capture the experience and expertise of Daughters of the Vote and facilitate networks and relationships that will help young women make change.

Sarah Toole, Cumberland – Colchester

Sarah is studying a Masters of Public Administration at Queen’s University with a focus on women’s issues. She is the Vice President of Policy for the Acadia Young Liberals, a member of her Member of Parliament’s Executive Committee, and has been engaged in a number of political campaigns and organizations. Sarah also has extensive policy and program leadership experience in the areas of gender based violence and not-for-profit operations.



Elinor McNamee, Delta

​Elinor has an educational background in gender and policy and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics. As part of her thesis, she will study how women participate in peace building processes and the intersections of humanitarian law and gender. Elinor has worked for the Government of Canada, Canadian Red Cross, and the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade where she coordinated the Women's Leadership Circle, one of B.C.'s most recognized leadership development programs for women. In this role she helped organize the We for She conference, after which she shared the key lessons with the Status of Women Committee in Ottawa during Daughters of the Vote. 



Daughter of the Vote Hope Ace speaks on International Day of the Girl

On International Day of the Girl, Daughter of the Vote Hope-Ann Ace (Hamilton West - Ancaster - Dundas) spoke in the Senate about the importance of engaging young women in politics.  Hope joined Senators Kim Pate and Marilou McPhedran and other women leaders to connect with school-age girls as part of the #LeadLikeaGirl and #GirltoLeader initatives. Young girls, she said, need to see themselves in positions of leadership and Canadians need to support and celebrate diversity as we work to break the glass ceiling.

Do not be discouraged to lead because this platform is powerful and it is yours, so contribute to the conversation and make your voice heard.”
 – Hope-Ann Ace

December 18, 2017 11:12 AM

Daughter of the Vote Chimwemwe Undi named a Schwartz-Reisman Scholar

Manitoba Daughter of the Vote Chimwemwe Undi (Winnipeg South) has been named a Schwartz-Reisman Scholar in recognition of her leadership, community involvement, and academic excellence. Chimwemwe uses art and poetry as a way to build community and expose injustice and is the co-founder of Voices, Ink. During the Daughters of the Vote events in Ottawa, Chim was invited preformed some of her original spoken word poetry on International Women’s Day. She is in her first year of law school at the University of Manitoba.

December 18, 2017 11:01 AM

Daughters of the Vote Win Samara Every Day Citizen

Two Daughters of the Vote win Samara's Every Day Political Citizen Award. Congratulations Janelle and Teagyn!! 

December 01, 2017 1:56 PM
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Two Daughters of the Vote run for municipal politics

Two Quebec Daughters of the Vote are running for political office in their community for the 2017 municipal election. 

September 11, 2017 10:58 AM
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Daughters of the Vote testify to the Status of Women Committee

Young women from British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario appeared before the House of Commons Status of Women Committee during the historic Daughters of the Vote week in Ottawa, March 2017. 

September 11, 2017 10:57 AM
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Daughters of the Vote Speak in the House of Commons on Women’s Leadership

During this historic sitting in the House of Commons on International Women’s Day 2017, several delegates rose to speak on women and leadership.  You can see their testimony here.

September 11, 2017 10:57 AM
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Daughters of the Vote testify on women in STEM, agriculture, and philosophy

Janelle Hinds, Danvy Tran, Stephanie Pitre and Audrey Paquet appeared before the House of Commons Committee during the historic Daughters of the Vote event in Ottawa.

September 11, 2017 10:56 AM
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Daughter of the Vote, Janelle Hinds, awarded $210,000 for start-up Helping Hands

Daughter of the Vote for Missisauga Centre, engineer and entrepreneur Janelle Hinds, was awarded a grant wroth $210,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for her start-up app, Helping Hands.

September 11, 2017 10:56 AM
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