|Posted on August 6, 2009 at 12:26 PM|
Great to read this letter in my provincial paper, the Telegraph Journal, yesterday:
Then I read an online response to it, positive except for the last sentence:
"Nominating them because they are women will just destroy everything that the women before have fought so hard to achieve though."
- Doesn't Matter, Moncton
I strongly disagree, and my great-aunt was one of the women who fought so hard to get us the right to vote. Recent history shows that if we wait for nature to take its course, it'll be over 200 years before women have equal representation! We made fast progress during the 1980s and early '90s, but it has stagnated since then (and in the UK, women are losing ground slightly). I'm not content to wait another 20 years, let alone 200.
Most other major democracies use quotas of various forms -- some mandatory, some not -- to help women get elected in greater numbers. Our democracy is broken. Women, over half the population, have around 20% representation in government. Not fair. Not just. Not acceptable.
Categories: quotas for party candidates