Still Counting: Women in Politics Across Canada

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University of Toronto Press, 2008 - Political Science - 210 pages
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Still Counting explains why scholars and activists continue to count the number of women elected to Canada's legislatures, and demonstrates that, by any measure, women are only halfway to equal. The authors assert that an "electoral glass ceiling" is keeping women at or below the 25 per cent mark, restricting women to less than half of the seats that would be theirs in a democracy committed to balanced, equitable, and fair representation. Moreover, little is being done to address this democratic deficit. Despite drawbacks, such as the "revolving door" for female party leaders and continued sexism in legislatures, the authors also show how women can, and do, make a difference in politics.


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Linda Trimble is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Alberta. She is the co-editor of two collections on women and political representation in Canada as well as a volume on the changing nature of Canadian politics in the twenty-first century.

Jane Arscott is an Assistant Professor at Athabasca University. With Linda Trimble she co-edited In the Presence of Women: Representation in Canadian Governments and has published articles and chapters on feminist political theory, and the history of political thought. She is currently working on a book about the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.

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