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Women in Politics

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Fall Essay: Chapter Fourteen
By: Hannah Moore
CAST - POST 2012Y: Canadian Politics
Seminar: Wednesday 6:00pm – 6:50pm

Historically, women have struggled for power in a male-dominated society. Only recently have women become a more authoritative figure in Canadian politics. However, there is a significant lack of female leadership in comparison to male. In chapter fourteen of Canadian Politics, Lisa Young analyzes this topic in her incisive essay of Women (Not) in Politics: Women’s Electoral Participation. Her argument states that there is still minimal representation of women as political figures, which affects female Canadian citizens negatively. This essay will confirm and update the significance of Young’s topic because the void of female presence in Canadian politics has a direct correlation between Canadian women and lack of sufficient government services. This will be analyzed by the considerable absence of female participation in politics and how is negatively affects single mothers using welfare programs and women of minority handling government services. To understand the negative impacts on Canadian women, this essay will first confirm and expand on Lisa Young’s argument of women not participating in Canadian politics.

In chapter fourteen, Lisa Young explains that considering the history of male dominance in society, there is some developing success for women becoming more involved in Canadian politics. However, she continues to explain that there is still little participation of women in this field of work, even though women are becoming more educated through their growing access to education (Young 284). This shows that though progress has been made, and women’s movements have been heard, the gap between the amounts of male to female politicians is very obvious. Politics can be seen as a very competitive field, and only the ambitious survive. This could influence women to not pursue politics because men are more likely to support right...