A century of women MPs, but gender parity still major issue
Political parties need to nominate women in winnable ridings. Parliament needs to improve its policies and procedures around parental leave. We need to eliminate sexual harassment from politics.
MP Margaret Aitken; Ottawa mayor Charlotte Whitton; Cairine Wilson, Canada’s first female Senator; and MP Ellen Fairclough, who became the first female federal cabinet minister, unveil a commemorative bronze bust of Agnes Macphail, the first woman elected to the House of Commons, on March 8, 1955. Duncan Cameron photograph courtesy of Library and Archives Canada