On March 5th, 2015, on behalf of Equal Voice uOttawa, I had the opportunity to volunteer with iVote-jeVote in their Women in Politics event. This event is part an initiative by the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair that aims to counter the drop in voter turnout in Canada, especially among underrepresented groups.
I attended their Women in Political Operations: Current State, Future Challenges panel. In collaboration with Maclean’s magazine, Anne McGrath (NDP), Katie Telford (Liberal Party) and Michele Austin (Summa Strategies) discussed their experiences as women at the helm of national political campaigns. As women in federal political operations, they gave their perspective of practitioners to the discussion of women in politics and debated the next steps for women in politics.
Moderated by Maclean’s Senior Writer Anne Kingston, these political insiders shed light on the intricacies of federal electoral politics and the stakes for all Canadians. This was an insightful discussion of politics, organizational management, and women’s issues.
The event was concluded by a keynote address by Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne. In a moving speech, Premier Wynne highlighted the The Mothers of Confederation, where she announced that:
It is a crime in history and against our history when we erase influential women from memory
and urged more women to get involved in politics and the future of Canada.
Overall, it was a passionate and motivating experience to be a part of iVote’s Women in Politics event and I look forward to attending more of their events. The links above will lead you to recordings of the event (complete with me asking the panel a question!).