Opening Doors Wider: Women's Political Engagement in Canada

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Sylvia Bashevkin
UBC Press, 2009 - Political Science - 212 pages
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From the days of the fur trade through the contemporary period, women have played important roles in the public life of Canada. Until the 1970s, however, these contributions were generally overlooked. Opening Doors Wider looks at the progress made in the last forty years to raise the profile of women's involvement in public life.

The contributors focus on two questions with reference to community activism, the politics of feminist organizing, parties and elections, and the communications environment in which politicians operate. First, are the doors to participation presently open wider than they were in the past? Second, how can these doors be opened wider, both in terms of real-world participation and our scholarly understanding of public engagement?

These tightly argued essays shed new light on the quality of public involvement of women in one of the world's most stable democracies. The nuanced discussion of solutions as well as problems makes it an indispensable resource for students and practitioners of politics at all levels.


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Part 1Community and Womens Group Participation
Changing Politics or Changed by Politics?
NAC and the Racial Politics of Participation
Part 2Winning Legislative Seats
Why So Many?
7Stage versus Actor Barriers to Womens Federal Party Leadership
Allison Brewers Leadership of the New Brunswick NDP
Part 4Media and Public Images
Women MPs and the Dynamics of Media Coverage
10Do Voters Stereotype Female Party Leaders? Evidence from Canada and New Zealand
Part 5Remedies and Prescriptions
11Opening Doors to Womens Participation

5Are Cities More Congenial? Tracking the Rural Deficit of Women in the House of Commons
Part 3Cabinet and Party Leadership Experiences
Women in the Ontario NDP Cabinet 199095

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About the author (2009)

Sylvia Bashevkin is a professor of political science and Principal of University College at the University of Toronto. She is the author most recently of Tales of Two Cities: Women and Municipal Restructuring in London and Toronto (2006).

Contributors: Caroline Andrew, Susan Banducci, Sylvia Bashevkin, Lesley Byrne, Michael Camp, Louise Carbert, Joanna Everitt, Elisabeth Gidengil, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Stephanie Mullen, Mary-Jo Nadeau, and Manon Tremblay.

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