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Getting More Women Elected in New Brunswick - YWCA Canada

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- <strong>Women</strong> <strong>in</strong> Politics - What is needed for more women to enter politics (June2009), with Marcelle Mersereau (former M<strong>in</strong>ister, municipal councillor andpresident of N.B. Liberal Party) and Anne-Marie Gammon (Bathurst councillorand community activist). 85 m<strong>in</strong>utes, <strong>in</strong> both English & French.View:- Menocracy - A 2009documentary on women andpolitics, by <strong>New</strong> <strong>Brunswick</strong>filmmaker Gretchen Kelbaugh.“Someth<strong>in</strong>g’s rotten <strong>in</strong> the state ofdemocracy”.www.menocracy.ca/Read:- Dare to Get Involved… InPolitics – A booklet by FemmesÉquité Atlantique. 2008. http://featl.ca/assets/files/Oser-engf<strong>in</strong>al.pdf- Elections NB’s reports forvoters, candidates and parties:www.electionsnb.ca- Election Toolkit for <strong>Women</strong>:The Candidate’s Guide toMunicipal Elections, Federationof Canadian Municipalities,2008, www.fcm.ca//CMFiles/Toolkit%20En1PCD-2182009-9021.pdf ; www.fcm.ca/English/View.asp?mp=1168&x=1290- Votes for <strong>Women</strong>: A PoliticalGuidebook (Nova Scotia AdvisoryCouncil on the Status of <strong>Women</strong>,2004), http://women.gov.ns.ca/pubPolitics.asp- Canadian <strong>Women</strong> VotersCongress, a grassroots andnon-partisan organization thatworks for balanced politicalHOW WOMEN CAN GAINPOSITIONS OF POWER…Voluntary affirmative actionprograms alone aren’t enough to putmore women <strong>in</strong> positions of power,the leader of the prov<strong>in</strong>ce’s <strong>New</strong>Democratic Party said last night.“Good will doesn’t replace a law todirect change,” Elizabeth Weir told apublic meet<strong>in</strong>g on women and power,organized by the <strong>New</strong> <strong>Brunswick</strong>Advisory Council on the Status of<strong>Women</strong>. She cited the example of herown party... Despite a commitment tovoluntary affirmative action, womenwere always outnumbered on theparty’s national executive. In 1982,the party proposed a change to itsconstitution mak<strong>in</strong>g it mandatorythat at least 50% of the executivebe made up of women. The policywas adopted the follow<strong>in</strong>g year atthe party’s national convention.With<strong>in</strong> a year, that gender equalityon the party’s executive becamecommonplace. “It just became partof how we do bus<strong>in</strong>ess. But it wasan object lesson <strong>in</strong> the need for<strong>in</strong>stitutional change.”- Excerpted from Meet<strong>in</strong>g DiscussesHow <strong>Women</strong> Can Ga<strong>in</strong> Positions ofPower, Elizabeth Hanton, Daily Gleaner,21 March 1991.A Reader on <strong>New</strong> <strong>Brunswick</strong> <strong>Women</strong> <strong>in</strong> the Legislative Assembly 27

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