360 pages, 6 x 9
90 tables
Release Date:01 Jan 2014
Release Date:27 May 2013
Release Date:31 May 2013
Release Date:31 May 2013


The Representation of Women in Canadian Governments

UBC Press

Following significant increases in women’s electoral representation in the 1980s and '90s, progress has stalled. Despite some high-profile successes at the provincial level, there are now only a few more women in Canada’s parliament and legislatures than a decade ago. What has happened to the representational gains for women and why does gender parity remain so elusive?

To answer these questions, Stalled provides a detailed roadmap of women’s political representation as candidates, office-holders, cabinet ministers, party leaders, and as representatives of the Crown at all levels of government across Canada. Chapter contributors explore the efforts of political parties, governments, and women’s organizations to recruit more women candidates and to promote women into executive positions. They assess prospects for gender parity in political office in each jurisdiction and institution. In the concluding chapter, the volume editors re-examine, integrate, and analyze the findings using data from across the country.

The representation of women in elected and appointed offices is an important indicator of both gender equality and the overall health of democratic governance. By this measure Canada continues to fall short.

This book will be of interest to students of Canadian politics, electoral politics, and gender studies, as well as to activists involved in the electoral project for women.


  • , Commended - The Hill Times List of Top 100 Best Books for 2013
This book is a must-read for people interested in Canadian history, gender, and electoral politics in Canada. I cannot say enough about Stalled: The Representation of Women in Canadian Govenrments, which includes chapters written by well-known scholars, features a strong cross-section of expertise in Canadian political science, covers virtually every province and territory, and contains the different constituent groups within a Canadian context ... Well written and appropriate for lay and academic audiences, Stalled is the perfect addition to classes in gender and politics, to upperdivision courses in comparative politics focused on the status of 'women and politics, and to Canadian history courses. Janni Aragon, BC Studies, Spring 2015

Linda Trimble is a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Alberta. Jane Arscott is an associate professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Athabasca University. Manon Tremblay is a professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Contributors: Sylvia Bashevkin, Loleen Berdahl, Amanda Bittner, Naomi Black, Louise Carbert, John Crossley, Joanna Everitt, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Anne Mévellec, Stephanie Mullen, Brenda O’Neill, Jocelyne Praud, Tracey Raney, Shannon Sampert, Graham White, Lisa Young

Foreword – Women, Power, Politics: Surveying the Canadian Landscape / Sylvia Bashevkin

Introduction: The Road to Gender Parity / Manon Tremblay, Jane Arscott, and Linda Trimble

1 Truly More Accessible to Women than the Legislature? Women in Municipal Politics / Manon Tremblay and Anne Mévellec

2 The Alberta Advantage? Women in Alberta Politics / Brenda O’Neill

3 When Numerical Gains Are Not Enough: Women in British Columbia Politics / Jocelyne Praud

4 Complacency and Gender Silence: Women in Manitoba Politics / Shannon Sampert

5 A Province at the Back of the Pack: Women in New Brunswick Politics / Joanna Everitt

6 A Laggard No More? Women in Newfoundland and Labrador Politics / Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant

7 Electoral Breakthrough: Women in Nova Scotia Politics / Louise Carbert and Naomi Black

8 Breaking the Holding Pattern? Women in Ontario Politics / Tracey Raney

9 Getting Women’s Names on the Ballot: Women in Prince  Edward Island Politics / John Crossley

10 Hitting a Glass Ceiling? Women in Quebec Politics / Manon Tremblay

11 A Prairie Plateau: Women in Saskatchewan Politics / Loleen Berdahl

12 In the Presence of Northern Aboriginal Women? Women in Territorial Politics / Graham White

13 Slow to Change: Women in the House of Commons / Lisa Young

14 “Way Past That Era Now?” Women in the Canadian Senate / Stephanie Mullen, with the collaboration of Manon Tremblay and Linda Trimble

Conclusion: A Few More Women / Linda Trimble, Manon Tremblay, and Jane Arscott



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