Women, Power, Politics: The Hidden Story of Canada's Unfinished Democracy

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Oxford University Press, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 186 pages
Women's participation in politics matters very much.

Yet in Canada, women MPs have been stuck at a level of roughly one-fifth since 1993, and Stephen Harper has fewer women in his government than did Brian Mulroney. Although we may believe women are making progress, their representation in politics seems decidedly stalled. So it comes as no surprise
that we hear little about issues of particular interest to women--breast cancer, violence against women, or the poverty of single mothers.

In this engaging, no-nonsense, and witty book, Sylvia Bashevkin argues that Canadians have a profound unease with women in positions of political authority--what she calls the women plus power equals discomfort equation. She explores the specific reasons why this discomfort is particularly severe
in Canada. Bashevkin also evaluates a range of barriers faced by women who enter politics, including the media's role in assessing the leadership styles, personal appearances, and private lives of female politicians. In clear, accessible terms, Bashevkin explains concepts such as gender schemas
and media framing in terms of key examples, such as Belinda Stronach and Hillary Clinton.

Finally, Bashevkin outlines some compelling solutions to address the stalemate facing women in Canadian politics.

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Ms. Bashevkin has written a short book that, perhaps, should have been longer. She has a particular viewpoint and seems to feel many of her arguments speak for themselves. Unfortunately, they do not ... Read full review

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Sylvia Bashevkin is Professor of Political Science and Principal of University College at the University of Toronto. She has received "Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100" Award, and has also served as President of both the Canadian Political Science Association and the Women and Politics Research
Section of the American Political Science Association.

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