Daughters of the Vote

Join Equal Voice in a historic national initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s formal political engagement in 2016 — along with Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

100 years ago, some women in three Canadian provinces (Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) won the right to vote in provincial elections. A year later, that same right was extended to a limited number of women in federal elections.

Following these partial victories, it would take another 45 years for the majority of women living in Canada (over the age of 18), including indigenous women living on federal reserves, to win the right to vote.

Equal Voice is inviting young women from the ages of 18 to 23 to apply to be one of 338 who will take their seats in Parliament (from coast to coast to coast), literally. One young woman will be chosen from every federal riding in Canada to represent their community and to communicate their vision for Canada.

To ensure that these 338 emerging young women leaders, among others, become familiar with Canada’s political institutions and those women and men serving in them– so that they are equipped and inspired to participate in the formal political sphere in the years and decades to come.

To ensure that women are dynamic and equal participants at every political decision making table in the country.

Dear 20 year old me

 The video is being launched at a special event on Parliament Hill on Wednesday. The new Daughters of the Vote video features Members of Parliament talking about what they wished they knew when they were 20, and encourages young women to apply to the program.

Apply for the program (Deadline for application: June 30th)