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30-tweet Argument

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Read my 30-tweet argument (boiled down from Menocracy) about why we need to elect more women and how to do so. Starts Oct 30, 2011.  http://twitter.com/GKelbaugh

Fair Vote Canada's Petition

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 9:09 AM Comments comments (0)

Researchers and political science profs know that by switching to Proportional Representation for our voting system, used by most of the developed world, we would elect many more women and our governments would better reflect the diversity of society. To complain to the Canadian Government:

http://www.fairvote.ca/en/civicrm/profile/create?gid=7&reset=1


There seem to be more and more articles and interviews by both women and men saying that we need more women in government. Could the tide be starting to turn?

Sexist bias in film and tv.

Posted on August 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM Comments comments (1)

I've almost finished this doc but the trouble is finding an audience, as I have neither a tv broadcaster nor dvd distributor. I know already that most men and even many women glaze over with boredom at the thought of 'women and politics'. I assume that most judges for film festivals must be men as the film/tv industry is still 85% male-run, so I'll be surprised if many festivals choose to play it.


So I'm thinking that approaching women's groups, such as Equal Voice in Canada and the Fawcett Society in the UK, may be the way to go to find audiences. I think that most women, if presented with this documentary, would come out saying, "Wow.I didn't know things were that bad. I'm angry." My goal is to stimulate people to become active in politics, especially in electoral reform.


If anyone has ideas on how to reach a broad audience, I'm all eyes and ears. I can't just post it online. It took the best part of 2 years of my professional time, so I have to sell it.


My first step is to ask national groups to view it in hopes that they'll endorse it.


Political Equality for Women.

Posted on June 4, 2009 at 3:37 PM Comments comments (0)

Who wants to help in the movement to gain political equality for women in Canada, the USA and the United Kingdom?


 

Have you noticed how few women we elect to office? Canada has 22% women in Parliament, the UK 19.5% and the USA only 17% women in Congress. Yuk. Meanwhile, Germany has 32% elected women, Spain has 36%, Argentina 40%, the Scandinavian countries are all high, with Sweden at 47%, and Rwanda has 56%! (So many of their men were killed in the genocide, plus now they use quotas for women, as do most major democracies).


 

And our real decision-makers -- premiers, prime ministers, the president and VP, heads of parties --  are close to 100% men.


 

No wonder our democracies do such a lousy job of representing the varied views of women. Not just with obvious issues, such as pay equity, childcare, maternity leave, domestic violence and reproductive rights. Almost every law and policy affects women differently from men, eg. pensions and taxes, Employment Insurance and healthcare, divorce law and education. Anything that affects children and the elderly affects women differently because we're the main ones who look after them.

 

Until I started researching all this for a documentary I'm just finishing (called Menocracy), I didn't realize that most other major and many smaller democracies have more women elected than we three countries do. Canada is only ranked 46th out of 187 democracies for its percentage of elected women. The UK is 58th and the USA only 70th. That's ironic, considering that England used to boast that it 'spread democracy around the world' (like butter? spread with knives), the USA sees itself as the leader among democracies and we Canadians like to think of ourselves as among the most fair-minded and just people in the world.

 

How can our democratic systems be fair when over half the population has about 20% representation? There are many systemic reasons for this, but that doesn't mean we should accept it.

 

 

Anyone else as ticked off as I am at the dearth of women on city councils on up to state, provincial and national bodies? Women live different lives from men in many ways, and have points of view that many men do not. Yet we have only a tiny say in law-making and the judiciary. We need both genders at decision-making tables.

 

Should we settle for male domination in politics? I'm not going to any longer. That's why I spent 2 years making this documentary. Now if only I can find a distributor. Universities should buy it, but I'd love to find a broader audience. The trouble is that most men and many women glaze over with boredom at the mere mention of women and politics. I discovered that early on in my research.

 

Despite that cynicism, I'm hopeful that women are starting to be alerted to our lousy democratic system in bigger numbers. Even the media is printing more articles about the lack of women in office and of the possibility of changing our voting system to catch up to the 21st century.