We just had (another) federal election in Canada and the results were historic, for many reasons. We ended up with a Conservative majority (ew) but alongside that comes some sweeping change in Canada’s political landscape – including gender representation in Parliament.
The first female Member of Parliament was elected 90 years ago and we’ve just NOW – for the first time in Canada’s history – reached the point where women make up a quarter of the seats in the House of Commons. That’s both good news and bad news though because…
Canada remains 52nd in the world when it comes to female representation in political office, and it’s falling further behind as other countries take more aggressive measures to even out the gender balance.
(Source: Globe and Mail)
52nd IN THE WORLD when it comes to female representation in politics. Our numbers are at an all-time high now, and that’s great, but it would be even more great (and FAIR) to see this number hit 50%. Gender parity in politics is necessary for true democracy, plain and simple.
Yet I say this as a woman who isn’t doing anything about it herself. Sure, I vote, but I’ve never actually considered getting into politics. I drink and swear too much, and while that seems to go over really well for some of our male counterparts in the political sphere – women (still) need to watch their step carefully. Kidding. But only kinda.
So I suppose all I can do is blog about it in the hopes of inspiring young, sharp, confident and competent young women to look at politics as a career path. Do it for us. For all the women that have too much embarrassing stuff about them circulating the Internet. For all the women who are passionate about politics but don’t have the attention span or the patience to actually make it work.
DO IT FOR US.