Women for Fair Voting

Fair voting elects more women… naturally!

With 24.7% female MPs in Parliament, Canada ranks 54th in the world for the representation of women, behind countries such as Afghanistan. We rank 20 out of 34 OECD countries. Thanks to our winner-take-all voting system, over the past 15-20 years the percentage of women elected has levelled off – women have hit a glass ceiling. Having a Parliament and legislatures composed of over 75% men has profound implications for policy development and the dynamics of decision making.

The United Nations recommends that for women’s voices to be heard, we need at least 30% women in Parliament. All of the top countries for representation of women, and almost any country with over 30% women in its legislature, uses proportional representation.

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In Menocracy, independent film maker Gretchen Kelbaugh takes a closer look at the low levels of women in our Parliament, how more women make a difference, and the key connection to our electoral system.

Read the research from Menocracy.

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What you can do to get more women elected

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