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. 

 

Updates

DOV Highlights: Where are they now?

Carol-Jean Trudell represented Flamborough - Glanbrook as a delegate in 2017. Since then CJ has graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Degree in Legal Studies. In fact, she graduated one year early and recived the UW Legal Studies 2018 Departmental Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement.  

While attending Waterloo, Carol served on three clubs: the UW Conservative club, the UW Legal Studies Society, and UW Model Parliament.

As for what's next, I'm excited to be wrapping up my year-long campaign for the First VP role within the Ontario PC youth wing at the end of next month. Also, I will be writing my LSAT and applying to law schools this Fall,” said the daughter in June. “In the new year, I aspire to return to volunteering more with a focus on educational and political causes while gaining work experience in a new city.”

On July 21, 2018, Carol was elected to serve as OPCYA's Executive as VP.

“The DOV program in Ottawa was one of the most valuable political opportunities I have had to date because it gave me the self-confidence to put my name on a youth election ballot,” said the VP.  “Not only did the DOV programming take the necessary steps to explain why it is and continues to be crucial for young women to put their names on election ballots without being asked but, the policy workshops and seminars discussed some of the genuine barriers women face in attempting to become a candidate.”

August 24, 2018 11:07 AM

DOV Highlights: Where are they now? / L'actualité d'aujourd'hui : Où sont-elles maintenant?

 

Roxanne est sur le point de terminer sa maîtrise en affaires publiques et internationales à l'Université d'Ottawa et elle travaille présentement au sein de la Division des Nations Unies à Affaires Mondiales Canada. Elle soutient l’équipe avec les préparatifs liés à l'ouverture de la 73e session de l'Assemblée générale des Nations Unies à New York. Depuis l’évènement «Héritières du suffrage»,  elle a concentré ses efforts à diversifier son parcours professionnel et s’impliquer dans des instances multilatérales, notamment à travers un stage à la Mission permanente du Canada auprès des organisations internationales à Vienne.

« Mon expérience avec À voix égales a définitivement renforcé ma conviction que l'égalité des sexes et le renforcement de l’autonomie des femmes et des filles est un enjeu transversal; le fait d'avoir des femmes à la table des décisions est crucial non seulement en politique, mais également au sein des conseils d'administration et de gestion d’organisations internationales, non gouvernementales ou encore corporatives. Les projets qui ont succédé l’expérience «Héritières du suffrage»  m'ont ouvert les yeux sur l’importance de maximiser l'expertise des femmes impliquées dans le processus d'élaboration des politiques publiques afin de contribuer au progrès social et au développement durable. »

 

 

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Roxanne is completing a Master Degree in Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, and she is currently working within the United Nations Division at Global Affairs Canada. She provides support in preparation of the opening of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.  Since DOV, she has focused her efforts on diversifying her professional journey and engaging with multilateral institutions, notably by providing support to the Permanent Mission of Canada to the International Organisations in Vienna.

 

"My experience with Equal Voice definitely reinforced my belief that gender equality and women empowerment is a cross-cutting issue; having women at the decision-making table is crucial not only in politics but within the boards of Directors and management of international organisations, NGOs and private sector," said the delegate. "The Legacy projects that ensued DOV opened my eyes to the importance of maximising the expertise of women involved in the policy-making process in order to contribute to social progress, and sustainable development.’’

 

July 23, 2018 11:38 AM

DOV Highlights: Where are they now?

Since DOV, Vaishu has been involved with Equal Voice as the Chapter Chair for New Brunswick.

“My experience as Chair of Equal Voice's NB Chapter has enlightened me on the immense amount of effort women's organizations put in day-to-day. I continue to learn so much about women's leadership in this role, particularly from other members of the Board, who are incredibly knowledgeable about politics and devoted to this cause,” said the Chair. “

She’s in her final year of Bachelor of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick and this summer will be conducting research in  Data Analytics and Big Data Lab at UNB.

“Much like my interest in politics, a large part of my interest in tech has to do with disrupting the status quo, in whatever ways I can, to make the field more welcoming to women and gender minorities,” said the university student. “The journey to gender parity can feel long and grueling but I hope that the work of EV in New Brunswick can make the road easier for women trying to get to elected office.”

June 27, 2018 4:03 PM

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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