Feminist Rewritings of Political Representation: Looking at Case Studies
In Canada, a plurality of feminist discourses and actions have emerged to counter the many problems related to democratic life. From strategies targeted at increasing the numbers of women elected to pressures to implement a more pluralistic electoral system, the marginalized voices of women have been present in Canada's political life. However, feminists have not yet been fully successful in their attempt at revising traditional liberal democratic rules. Our paper will review some of the most important initiatives taken, such as Summer Schools, How to... Guides, Mentoring Programs, as well as pressures to move from representative to participative democracy.
Keywords: Feminism, Political Theory, Democracy, Canada
Dr Chantal Maille
Associate Professor of Women's Studies, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University