Women, Power, Politics: The Hidden Story of Canadas Unfinished Democracy

Paperback | April 15, 2009

bySylvia Bashevkin

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Women's participation in politics matters very much. Yet in Canada, women MPs have been stuck at a level of roughly one-fifth since 1993, and Stephen Harper has fewer women in his government than did Brian Mulroney. Although we may believe women are making progress, their representation in politics seems decidedly stalled. So it comes as no surprisethat we hear little about issues of particular interest to women--breast cancer, violence against women, or the poverty of single mothers. In this engaging, no-nonsense, and witty book, Sylvia Bashevkin argues that Canadians have a profound unease with women in positions of political authority--what she calls the "women plus power equals discomfort" equation. She explores the specific reasons why this discomfort is particularly severein Canada. Bashevkin also evaluates a range of barriers faced by women who enter politics, including the media's role in assessing the leadership styles, personal appearances, and private lives of female politicians. In clear, accessible terms, Bashevkin explains concepts such as "gender schemas"and "media framing" in terms of key examples, such as Belinda Stronach and Hillary Clinton. Finally, Bashevkin outlines some compelling solutions to address the stalemate facing women in Canadian politics.

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Women's participation in politics matters very much. Yet in Canada, women MPs have been stuck at a level of roughly one-fifth since 1993, and Stephen Harper has fewer women in his government than did Brian Mulroney. Although we may believe women are making progress, their representation in politics seems decidedly stalled. So it comes...

Sylvia Bashevkin is Professor of Political Science and Principal of University College at the University of Toronto. She has received "Canada 's Most Powerful Women: Top 100" Award, and has also served as President of both the Canadian Political Science Association and the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195431707

ISBN - 13:9780195431704

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1. Introduction2. Discomfort zones3. Plus perfect figures4. Vexatious vixens5. Pincer movements6. What to do

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"A lucid, smart and helpful examination of why women mostly fail in politics in Canada, and what can be done about it. Women, Power, Politics should be marked Urgent on the Prime Minister's reading list." --Rosemary Speirs, former national political columnist for the Toronto Star, and founding chair of Equal Voice