Elections provide Canadians with an opportunity to choose their governments based on the leaders, candidates and policy programs presented to them by political parties. Ideally, it is through their choices that citizens’ interests and identities are represented. However, concern has increasingly been raised about how unrepresentative our political institutions are even after decades of attention to the under-representation of women in political life. In her workshop, Dr. Everitt will draw upon her research findings to take participants through the experiences of Canadian women in election campaigns and discuss how the many barriers to women’s political participation affect female representation in politics.
In discussing this she will take into account psychological factors affecting political engagement such as diverse public opinions of men and women, voter orientations toward male versus female candidates and leaders, institutional factors including the role that parties play as gatekeepers and the impact of our single member plurality electoral system, as well as social factors such as the impact of gendered mediated political coverage.