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Women represent a slight majority of Quebec's population, yet they continue to occupy a minority of seats in its National Assembly and in Canada's House of Commons and Senate. To explain why this is, Manon Tremblay examines Quebec women's political engagements from 1791 to the present. She traces the path that led to women obtaining the rights to vote and run for office and then draws on statistics and interviews with female politicians to paint an in-depth portrait of women's under-representation and its main causes. Her 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 in Canada and elsewhere.
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Table of Contents

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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An innovative account of one of the more significant democratic deficits in Canadian politics - the under-representation of Quebec women.

About the Author

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. Kathe 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.

Reviews

"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 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 *

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