For the record… On being a woman involved in parliamentary politics

Article 7 / 11 , Vol 38 No 2 (Summer)

For the record… On being a woman involved in parliamentary politics

If a male member of Parliament says anything foolish it is forgotten the next day, but if a woman does it, it is repeated endlessly, right across the country

Ellen Fairclough, MP and the first woman to serve in the federal cabinet
Source: Electing a Diverse Canada: The Representation of Immigrants, Minorities, and Women by Caroline Andrew, John Biles, Myer Siemiatycki and Erin Tolley

If politics mean… the effort to secure through legislative action better conditions of life for the people, greater opportunities for our children and other people’s children… then it most assuredly is a woman’s job as much as it is a man’s job.

Irene Parlby, Alberta MLA
second woman to serve as a cabinet minister in the British Empire

Columnists ask me about anything and everything except my job: my home, my cooking, my hobbies, my friends, my tastes, my likes and dislikes. All of them became public, property to a degree suffered by none of my colleagues, including the new Prime Minister

Judy LaMarsh, MP and the second woman to server in the federal cabinet
Source: Judy LaMarsh quoted in “Wielding Political Clout: A Panel Discussion,” The Electronic Journal of Communication

Women should enter politics to bring about change. It’s a tough arena, and an unpleasant one. The sacrifices called for can only be justified on the grounds that we are indeed making the world, or our community a better place than it is.

Rosemary Brown, British Columbia MLA