As of the last federal election in Canada, women held 98 of the available 358 Parliamentary seats, or roughly 27%. And while these numbers have risen over the decades, it’s still a far cry from the 63% in Rwanda and 53% in Bolivia.
So why are these numbers in Canada so much lower than many other countries around the globe?
In Elect Her: Still Struggling to be Recognized as Equals, writer and journalist Fred Groves explores this issue extensively. From the birth of the suffragette movement in Canada to the results of the national 2019 election, Groves charts the progress of women’s involvement in municipal, provincial and federal politics.
Via a repository of fascinating facts and illuminating interviews, readers will be privy to the defeats, breakthroughs, challenges, and triumphs that women face when they venture into this contentious realm long-dominated by men.
“We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through.” Rosemary Brown, Canada’s first female member of a provincial legislature
About Author: Fred Groves has worked as a journalist for several periodicals in southwestern Ontario, including his hometown newspaper, the Essex Free Press. His interest in local history not only inspired him to write Rising from the Rubble: the 1980 Essex Explosion, it also keeps him active as a volunteer in his local community. His passionate belief in the phrase “If we don’t know where we came from, how do we know where we’re going?” has driven Fred’s work on Elect Her for the past 3 years.