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Quebec Women and Legislative Representation
Manon Tremblay   Kathe Roth  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 1/15/2010
ISBN: 9780774817684    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2010
ISBN: 9780774817691    

272 Pages


About the Book

Quebec women have had the right to vote and run for office in provincial and federal forums for at least six decades, yet they occupy a minority of seats in Quebec’s National Assembly and in Canada’s House of Commons and Senate. In 2005, women represented just under one third of the members of the National Assembly and just over a quarter of Quebec’s delegation in Ottawa.

To explain this situation, Quebec Women and Legislative Representation examines Quebec women’s political engagements from 1791 to the present. It traces the path that led to women achieving the right to vote and run for office and then explores why women, who represent a slight majority of Quebec’s population, always form a minority in its parliamentary spaces. Although a number of factors are responsible for this deficit, statistics and interviews with women senators and members of Parliament identify two of serious concern -- political parties and the voting system.

This innovative account not only documents the significant democratic deficit in Canada’s parliamentary systems, it also outlines strategies to improve women’s access to legislative representation. It will be of interest to students and scholars of gender and politics and activists and policy makers who want to enhance women’s presence in politics.

About the Author(s)

Manon Tremblay is a professor of political science at the University of Ottawa. Widely published on issues of Canadian and Quebec politics and women and politics, she is editor, most recently, of Women and Legislative Representation: Electoral Systems, Political Parties, and Sex Quotas.

Käthe Roth has been a literary translator, working mainly in historical non-fiction, for more than twenty years. She lives and works in Saint-Lazare, Quebec.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword / Sylvia Bashevkin

Preface and Acknowledgments


1) The Rights to Vote and to Eligibility: Full Access to Citizenship for Quebec Women?

2) Why Does Women’s Representation in the Legislative Spaces of Quebec Not Match Their Demographic Weight?

3) Quebec Women in Legislatures: What Identity and What Ideas?

4) Increasing the Numbers of Women in Quebec's Legislative Spaces


Appendix 1: The Political Citizenship of Quebec Women and Their Access to Legislative Representation, 1791-2004

Appendix 2: Quebec Women in the National Assembly, the House of Commons, and the Senate, 1953-2004

Appendix 3: Components of Ideological Axes





"Quebec Women and Legislative Representation fills a crucial gap in the Canadian and international literatures in English on women and politics. It presents the welcome voice of a well-informed Quebec scholar, who sheds invaluable light on women’s political history and contemporary participation in la belle province."
-- From the Foreword by Sylvia Bashevkin

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Political Science
Gender Studies
Women's Studies

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