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Women in politics

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How will Canada Change if 40% of our MPs are women? The result might not be what you think. Women aren't really that different from men in the way that we vote and the political parties we subscribe …

How will Canada Change if 40% of our MPs are women? The result might not be what you think. Women aren't really that different from men in the way that we vote and the political parties we subscribe to.

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  • 1. How will Canada be a better place when 40% of MPs are women?
  • 2.
  • 3. How do you answer that question?
  • 4. Better pensions for homemakers
    Rehabilitation for young offenders
    No Poverty
    Living Wages
    Improved health care
    Universal heath care safe
    Better Quality Education
    Stronger social net
  • 5.
  • 6. Problem: Not enough women in parliament
  • 7. Assumption: If we elect 40% women, they will be able to change policy
  • 8. Party Discipline
  • 9. Power is in cabinet
  • 10. Assumption: If we elect women they will vote in the interests of other women
  • 11.
  • 12. Women think alike
  • 13. Women’s Opinions
    Canadian Elections Study: 2008
  • 14. 41% favour some private hospitals
  • 15. 56% Agree that people who don’t get ahead should blame themselves, not the system
  • 16. 37% Favour the death penalty
  • 17. 41% Agree that people should be able to pay to get medical treatment sooner
  • 18. 45% say that about the same amount should be done for women as now
  • 19. Best Way to Deal with Violent Young Offenders
    Tougher Sentences
    More Rehabilitation
    42%
    47%
  • 20. 42% Agree that society would be better off if more women stayed home with their children
  • 21. Men and women are more alike than different
  • 22. Women do not think alike on social policy issues
  • 23. So What?
  • 24.
  • 25.
  • 26. What about PR?
  • 27. 2008 General Election % Popular Vote
  • 28. Projected Female MPs By Party
  • 29.
  • 30. Why?
  • 31. Education & Household Income
    Gender
    19%
    3.6%
  • 32.
  • 33. Electing more women may not lead to social change
  • 34.
  • 35. How?
  • 36. Reframe the Problem
  • 37.
  • 38. It’s not what you say, it’s what they hear
  • 39.
  • 40.
  • 41. Change your “P” Ness
  • 42. References
    Jacquetta Newman and White, Linda. Women, Politics and Public Policy: the Political Struggles of Canadian Women. Oxford University Press Canada. 2006.
    Paul Barker and Charlton, Mark (ed). Contemporary Political Issues. (6th ed.) Nelson Education. 2009.
    Chip Health and Heath, Dan. Switch: How to change things when change is hard. Random House Canada. 2010.
    Canadian Election Study. http://ces-eec.org/pagesE/home.html. Sourced on March 3, 2010.
    Elections Canada. 2008 Election Results. http://www.elections.ca/scripts/OVR2008/default.html. Sourced on March 5, 2010.
    Frank Luntz. Words that Work: It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear. Hyperion. 2007.

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