Women and Politics in Canada

By Heather MacIvor

© 1996

For many years the severe under-representation of women in the institutions that forge Canadian public policy has been the subject of widespread discussion and debate, as have the various manifestations of inequality on the laws and policies themselves. MacIvor surveys this situation and the extent to which it is changing but offers as well a much broader approach to the subject, recognizing the impossibility of separating the roles played by women in politics from their part in Canadian society generally, MacIvor looks also at such topics as the structure of the economy, of the family and of popular culture.

Women and Politics in Canada sets the stage for a discussion of the Canadian situation by exploring ideas about women in Western thought and the various feminist approaches that have arisen in response.

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Women and Politics in Canada sets the stage for a discussion of the Canadian situation by exploring ideas about women in Western thought and the various feminist approaches that have arisen in response.

Women and Politics in Canada

By Heather MacIvor

© 1996

For many years the severe under-representation of women in the institutions that forge Canadian public policy has been the subject of widespread discussion and debate, as have the various manifestations of inequality on the laws and policies themselves. MacIvor surveys this situation and the extent to which it is changing but offers as well a much broader approach to the subject, recognizing the impossibility of separating the roles played by women in politics from their part in Canadian society generally, MacIvor looks also at such topics as the structure of the economy, of the family and of popular culture.

Women and Politics in Canada sets the stage for a discussion of the Canadian situation by exploring ideas about women in Western thought and the various feminist approaches that have arisen in response.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.9in x 0.9in x 8.8in
  • Reviews

    Clearly written and refreshingly free of jargon, this will be a useful text for introductory women and politics courses. It is also a serious contribution to feminist political science.


    Jill Vickers, Carleton University

    Heather MacIvor has written a terrific, comprehensive 'text' on women and politics that combines feminist theory with public policy and process issues of great concern to women today.


    Jennifer Smith, Professor of Political Science, Dalhousie University
  • Author Information

    Heather MacIvor teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor.

  • Table of contents

    Foreword

    Introduction
    Why Do We Need a Book about Women and Politics?
    Outline of the Book

    Part I: Feminism and Political Science

    Chapter One: The Study of Politics and the Study of Women
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter Outline
    What Is Political Science?
    Women in the History of Political Thought
    Feminist Critiques of Political Thought
    Women as Practitioners of Political Science
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References and Further Reading

    Chapter Two: Sexual Politics and Feminist Responses
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter Outline
    Sexual Politics
    Feminist Responses
    The Women's Movement
    The 1990s: Backlash or Revisionism
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References and Further Reading

    Part II: Women in Canadian Society

    Chapter Three: Women and the Law in Canada
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter Outline
    The Ideology of the Housewife
    The History of 'Women's Work' in Canada
    The Double Shift
    Occupational Segregation and the Wage Gap
    Occupational health and Safety Issues for Women
    Immigrant Women and Ethnic Minority Women
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References and Further Reading

    Chapter Four: Women in the Canadian Family
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter Outline
    Political Conceptions of the Family
    Changes in the Canadian Family
    Explaining the Changes in Canadian Family Structure
    Resisting the Changes
    R.E.A.L. Women
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References and Further Reading

    Chapter Five: Women and the Law in Canada
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter Outline
    Gender and Canadian Law
    Justice in Canada
    Women and the Criminal Law
    Sexual Assault Law in Canada
    The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References and Further Reading

    Chapter Six: Women, Mass Media, and Popular Culture in Canada
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter Outline
    Mediated Reality and the Portrayal of Gender
    Mass Media and Popular Culture in Canadian Politics
    Images of Women in North American Popular Culture
    Women as Media Personnel
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References and Further Reading

    Part III: Women in the Canadian Political System

    Chapter Seven: Women's Participation in Politics
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter Outline
    Major Themes in Women's Political Participation
    Women and Unconventional Politics
    The Political Beliefs of Women
    From Mass to Elite Politics: The Barriers for Women
    Conclusion
    Notes References and Further Reading

    Chapter Eight: Women in Canadian Political Parties
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter Outline
    Parties and Political Power
    Women in the Parties
    Conclusion: What is to Be Done
    Notes
    References and Further Readings

    Chapter Nine: Women in Canadian Legislatures, Executives, and Judiciaries
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter Outline
    The Representation of Women in Canadian Politics
    Women MPs and Senators
    Women in Canadian Cabinets
    Women in the Federal Public Service
    Women in the Canadian Judiciary
    Why are Some Countries More Representative than Others?
    The Consequences for Women
    Would Electing More Female Politicians Really Make a Difference?
    Conclusion
    Notes References and Further Reading

    Part IV: Women and Canadian Public Policy

    Chapter Ten: Public Policy-Making in Canada and its Effects on Women's Lives
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter Outline
    Women and the State
    The Effects of Public Policy on Women's Lives
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References and Further Readings

    Chapter Eleven: Women's Effects on Public Policy
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter Outline
    Grassroots and Institutionalized Feminism
    Women's Groups and the Policy Process
    Women's Access to the Canadian Policy Process
    Conditions Determining the Effectiveness of Women in Public Policy
    A Case Study of the Model: The Charter versus the ERA
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References and Readings

    Chapter Twelve: 'Women's Issues' and the Canadian Political System
    Chapter Summary
    Chapter Outline
    Women and the Canadian Public Policy Process
    Factors Influencing the Success of the Women's Movement in Policy-Making
    Abortion
    Child Care
    Pornography
    Sexual Harassment
    New Reproductive Technologies
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References and Further Readings

    Index

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