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Political parties will need to do more to entice female candidates to run federally

Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
There’s no doubt that the diversity among women who have run and served at multiple levels of government in recent years is more evident than it has ever been. This should inspire others to step up.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
The new Progressive Conservative caucus includes two dozen women, many of whom would be great choices for the Ford cabinet.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
Processes to ensure a fair and impartial hearing for both alleged victims and perpetrators of harassment are crucial to existing Hill harassment policies, as well as the newly tabled federal legislation under Bill C-65.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
Given that the governing party has a caucus that remains 73 per cent male, exploring these fundamental tenents of harassment and sexual harassment in a political climate begging for more clarity is not just the smart thing to do, but the responsible thing to do.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
It’s another reason Canada’s hosting of the G7 should, if all goes well, create positive impacts for women here and abroad that endure well beyond the official meetings themselves.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
International Women’s Day, women’s marches, gender budgets, peace and security, women in STEM (now STEAM), parental leave, better child care, as well as a global G7 focused on gender equality outcomes are so crucial.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
Equal Voice picks two political game-changers: Ontario MPP Lisa MacLeod and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, representing two very distinct parties, ideologies, and levels of governments. 
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
While the #MeToo movement is shifting the dynamic of who is heard, and potentially believed, when it comes to sexual harassment and assault, the behaviour of elected officials with bad judgment will not magically change overnight.   
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Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
Women are at the behest of their parties and peers to negotiate time away from the House or risk being penalized. It's a position no woman relishes and it has to change. 
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
But political parties and media establishment be warned—many of the elected women we see today won't settle for the usual games, and with greater numbers, can push back. They know their time has come, they are prepared to publicly call out misogyny in all of its forms, and to leave the field much better than they found it.
Premier Notley is not an outlier in Alberta for her commitment to elevating women, but a wonderful embodiment of an enviable tradition in the province of dynamic leaders who have dared to challenge the status quo, and prevailed.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
There is, in all this hand-wringing about Hillary Clinton’s re-emergence, a subtext that politics is really for the boys, and girls are only allowed in when they out-perform and ultimately deliver for the (often male-dominated) troops.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
Especially given that the House of Commons is only 27 per cent women. More disconcerting, however, as has been widely reported, women comprise a distinct minority on the overwhelming majority of House of Commons committees where policy choices are rigorously debated.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
We can’t rely on surprise elections to deliver more women to politics. Women need to be in competitive ridings, and even better, in party strongholds.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
Taking that great leap of faith into the electoral arena is crucial for that voice to really count, and to sustaining a vibrant democracy.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
Canadians must be unequivocal in insisting that the individual and collective talents among women in this Parliament continue to be fully leveraged.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
The dissonance between Canadians’ clear desire to see more women in public life and the treatment women experience as elected officials is extremely troubling.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
The Clinton campaign was such an incredibly painful example of how misogyny influences the way in which the contributions of women in politics are understood and regularly diminished.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
The latest was directed at International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, who confronted accusations of not being a grown-up after Canada’s trade deal with Europe initially faltered.
To ponder it fully, is crazy-making. The first woman running to be U.S. president is up against a man who has used his wealth and power to systematically degrade, debase and, more likely than not, assault a number of women.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
All these efforts are enriching the conversation and providing opportunities for women and men both to engage in meaningful discussion on women’s equality—and how to finally get there.
It heard this summer from nearly five times as many men as women.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
Relentless social media attacks, an overwhelming workload, and heightened public scrutiny that disproportionately regards the missteps of female politicians as 'personal failings' and reflective of fundamental character flaws are some of the reasons women opt to stay away.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
Individual women who are elected should not have to internalize a feeling of vulnerability on the basis of a nefarious Facebook post, verbal threat, or other incident. They absolutely should not be left to deal with it on their own.
After clinching the nomination this week, Clinton has the potential to change the face of politics in the United States and around the world. But the road to the presidency is still long.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
For women watching from the sidelines, now more than ever may be the time to get involved.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
Christine Moore and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau are up against long-entrenched structural and gendered norms regarding public expectations of how they—as women—fulfill their responsibilities, whether elected or otherwise.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
It's a provocative bill in a country that has never invoked any structural measures to ensure more women stand for office.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
NDP Christine Moore is asking that MPs who give birth or become the primary care-giver to an infant be given the capacity to largely work out of the riding for the first six months.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
It’s clear that for gender parity to be a reality in the lifetimes of these young women, the work must start now.
Opinion|By Nancy Peckford
While we must never sacrifice the principle of a deliberative Chamber, the House can do things differently—and for the better. It’s time to be bold.

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