Quebec Women and Legislative Representation
272 pages, 6 x 9
11 tables, 4 charts
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Release Date:01 Jul 2010
ISBN:9780774817691
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Release Date:15 Jan 2010
ISBN:9780774817684
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Quebec Women and Legislative Representation

By Manon Tremblay; Translated by Käthe Roth
UBC Press

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.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of gender and politics and activists and policy makers who want to enhance women’s political representation.

Quebec Women and Legislative Representation fills a long-standing gap in the Canadian literature, which is full of acknowledgements that the Quebec context is different but short on attempts to unpack why.  On this front, Tremblay's treatment of the topic is compelling ... This book will appeal to large segments of the discipline: specialists of domestic politics; graduate students who should see this book on their comprehensive exam lists, and women and politics scholars ... Its first sentence calls women's under-representation 'a problem' rather than a 'question.'  Readers who do no approach this book with the same view will no doubt change their positions by its conclusion. Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Canadian Journal of Political Science (45:2), June 2012
'Quebec Women and Legislative Representation fills a long-standing gap in the Canadian literature, which is full of acknowledgements that the Quebec context is different but short on attempts to unpack why.  On this front, Tremblay's treatment of the topic is compelling.... This book will appeal to large segments of the discipline: specialists of domestic politics; graduate students who should see this book on their comprehensive exam lists, and women and politics scholars.... Its first sentence calls women's under-representation 'a problem' rather than a 'question' (1).  Readers who do no approach this book with the same view will no doubt change their positions by its conclusion.' Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Canadian Journal of Political Science (45:2)
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

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.

List of Illustrations

Foreword / Sylvia Bashevkin
Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction
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?
Conclusion

Appendices
Notes
References
Index

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