Quebec Women and Legislative Representation

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UBC Press, Jul 1, 2010 - Political Science - 272 pages
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Quebec women have had the right to vote and run for office in provincial and federal forums for at least six decades, yet they continue to occupy a minority of seats in Quebec's National Assembly and in Canada's House of Commons and Senate.

To explain this situation, Women and Parliamentary Representation in Quebec examines women's engagement in politics from 1791 to the present. It begins by tracing the path that led to women achieving the right to vote and run for office and then draws on statistics and interviews with women senators and members of Parliament to complete an in-depth portrait of Quebec women's under-representation and its main causes political parties and the voting system. This innovative account not only documents the significant democratic deficit in Canada's parliamentary systems, it also outlines strategies to improve women's access to legislative representation in Canada and elsewhere.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Full Access to Citizenship for Quebec Women?
11
2 Why Does Womens Representation in the Legislative Spaces of Quebec Not Match Their Demographic Weight?
61
What Identity and What Ideas?
97
4 Increasing the Numbers of Women in Quebecs Legislative Spaces
144
Conclusion
193
The Political Citizenship of Quebec Women and Their Access to Legislative Representation 17912004
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Quebec Women in the National Assembly the House of Commons and the Senate 19532004
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Components of Ideological Axes
213
Notes
216
References
225
Index
247
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About the author (2010)

Manon Tremblay is a professor of political science at the University of Ottawa. Widely published on issues of Canadian and Quebec politics and women and politics, she is editor, most recently, of Women and Legislative Representation: Electoral Systems, Political Parties, and Sex Quotas. K the Roth has been a literary translator, working mainly in historical non-fiction, for more than twenty years. She lives and works in Saint-Lazare, Quebec.

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