In Canada, the Globe and Mail institute a women in politics column and celebrate 15 years of work by Donna Dasko to run the organization 'Equal Voice' to promote the entry of women into parliament:
Many of the country’s leading feminists and activists from the political arena gathered last Friday night at a home in Toronto’s tony Rosedale to fete two of their own who had just been appointed to the Senate, and to mark the 15th anniversary of the movement to elect more women in Canada.
It was a remarkable evening.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett was there; so were Janet Ecker and Isabel Bassett, who both served in former Ontario premier Mike Harris’s cabinet, and former Toronto Star political journalist Rosemary Speirs, one of the few women to run a parliamentary bureau. Beth Atcheson, a lawyer and one of the founders of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, attended, as did Penny Collenette, who was a senior member of Jean Chrétien’s PMO.
Nancy Ruth, the formidable feminist senator from Toronto, was running late – delayed after staying in Ottawa to support an MP’s private member’s bill to make the lyrics of the national anthem gender-neutral.
At the centre of it all was Donna Dasko – national pollster, sociologist and long-time advocate for women in politics. It was her house; her party. And on this day exactly 15 years ago, and in that same living room, Ms. Dasko and a number of other women, some of whom were there again last Friday night, helped to found Equal Voice, the non-partisan organization aimed at electing more women in Canada.