Meet the Delegates

338 dynamic young women, one from each federal riding, have been selected to represent their community and communicate their vision for Canada during the Daughters of the Vote 2019 program, taking place April 1st through 4th.

Daughters of the Vote

Our invitation

Equal Voice invited young women, ages 18 to 23, from across the country to apply to be one of 338 dynamic and diverse delegates in a once-in-a-lifetime political leadership program. Applications have closed for our 2019 program, but stay tuned for 2021.

One delegate from every federal riding in Canada will be chosen to represent their community and vision for Canada.

All delegates will attend a national event in Ottawa and take their respective MP’s seat in Parliament during a historic sitting of the House of Commons in April 2019. They will be addressed by every federal party leader, and engage with an array of Ministers, critics and advocates. Following the Ottawa event, all delegates will be eligible for a leadership grant to accelerate advocacy efforts in their local communities.

Our objective

Equal Voice's objective for our Daughters of the Vote program is to ensure that 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 and take action in their local communities in the years and decades to come.

Our ultimate goal

Equal Voice's ultimate goal is to ensure women are dynamic and equal participants at every political decision making table in the country.

About Equal Voice

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A bilingual, member-based, multi-partisan organization that - since 2001 - has been advocating for the equal representation of women in Canada’s Parliament, in provincial and territorial legislatures, and on municipal and band councils.

Contact Us

Interested in volunteering with Daughters of the Vote in Ottawa from March 31st to April 5th 2019? Sign up here! 

In 2017, Equal Voice embarked upon its historic and ambitious initiative, Daughters of the Vote, to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s formal federal political engagement — along with Canada’s 150th birthday.

In 1916, some women in three Canadian provinces (Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) won the right to vote in provincial elections. In 1917, 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.

Equal Voice plans a second Daughters of the Vote for April 2019 to sustain its efforts to bring more diverse young women into formal political spaces.

Equal Voice’s initial Daughters of the Vote program was named by CTV News as one of “2017’s Most Memorable Moment in the House of Commons” and earned widespread national and international media attention as 338 young women took their seats in the House of Commons on International Women’s Day to mark 100 years since some women obtained the right to vote.

In 2019, in addition to the House of Commons sitting, the Daughters of the Vote program will include an Indigenous Forum, skills training on how to run for election at all levels of government, leadership training sessions and many engagement opportunities with elected officials of all stripes.

The journey of women's full political participation, in all of their diversity, is far from complete. Daughters of the Vote is an important step in closing the gap.

Mi’gmaq beadwork by Natasha Martin

First Nations, Inuit and Metis Young Women

Equal Voice thanks the many Indigenous organizations and communities, who partnered with us to promote the Daughters of the Vote opportunity to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women. In 2016 more than 200 applications were received from applicants of Indigenous heritage!

Latest updates

Equal Voice Launches the Rosemary Speirs Leadership Grant

"Young Women Lead Change" says Dr. Rosemary Speirs, the organization’s founding chair.

77% of Canadians believe men and women are treated differently in politics, according to new national poll

Survey also showed that mentorship and educational programs forwomen, like Daughters of the Vote, were seen as critical to increasing the number of women in politics.

Equal Voice to repeat ground-breaking Daughters of the Vote initiative in 2019

Application period opens October 10th. Young women from across Canada encouraged to apply to participate in coveted political leadership program.

Seeking young women leaders in the Yukon

This year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the first wave of Canadian women securing the right to vote in federal elections and the 50th anniversary of the election of the first woman to the Yukon Legislative Assembly. To commemorate this important milestone in Canada’s history and evolution as a democracy, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Outreach Program, Equal Voice is hosting a Daughters of the Vote event at the Legislative Assembly of the Yukon....

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DoV in the news

Women to take over Parliament for a day

Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef announces $3.8M Daughters of the Vote plan to choose one woman from each of Canada’s 338 ridings for sisterhood project. (Peterborough Examiner) See Full Story.

New federal funding will empower young women to take their place in Canadian politics

Project will support and promote gender parity and gender equality in all orders of government

Inspired at Daughters of the Vote

As a part of my role as MLA, I was recently appointed to be the Chair of the Manitoba Chapter of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP). (Winnipeg Free Press)

Student left feeling empowered after historic trip to Parliament

LETHBRIDGE - An inspirational trip to Ottawa is one Tiana Weasel Moccasin says she won't soon forget. Weasel Moccasin graduated from Kainai High School in Cardston, and is currently enrolled in her first year of the early childhood education program at Lethbridge College. (Lethbridge News Now)

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