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 under-standing 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.
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
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).
Table of Contents
Figures and Tables vii
1 Introduction Sylvia Bashevkin 3
Part 1 Community and Women's Group Participation
2 Women and Community Leadership: Changing Politics or Changed by Politics? Caroline Andrew 19
3 Rebuilding the House of Canadian Feminism: NAC and the Racial Politics of Participation Mary-Jo Nadeau 33
Part 2 Winning Legislative Seats
4 Women in the Quebec National Assembly: Why So Many? Manon Tremblay Stephanie Mullen 51
5 Are Cities More Congenial? Tracking the Rural Deficit of Women in the House of Commons Louise Carbert 70
Part 3 Cabinet and Party Leadership Experiences
6 Making a Difference When the Doors Are Open: Women in the Ontario NDP Cabinet, 1990-95 Lesley Byrne 93
7 "Stage" versus "Actor" Barriers to Women's Federal Party Leadership Sylvia Bashevkin 108
8 One Is Not Like the Others; Allison Brewer's Leadership of the New Brunswick NDP Joanna Everitt Michael Camp 127
Part 4 Media and Public Images
9 Crafting a Public Image: Women MPs and the Dynamics of Media Coverage Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant 147
10 Do Voters Stereotype Female Party Leaders? Evidence from Canada and New Zealand Elisabeth Gidengil Joanna Everitt Susan Banducci 167
Part 5 Remedies and Prescriptions
11 Opening Doors to Women's Participation Sylvia Bashevkin 197