You’re Invited: “Women Suffrage and Beyond: Confronting the Democratic Deficit”

On October 3rd and 4th, the newly re-launched Institute of Gender Research at the UofC is hosting acclaimed researcher and author Veronica Strong-Boag – and you’re invited!

Happening just weeks before Calgary’s municipal elections, this event is sure to provide insight on our systems of our governance, and how effectively they represent and lead us.

Three events (click here for more details) will be held at the John Dutton Theatre and the University of Calgary:

Coming to the Aid of Democracy: Women Suffrage and Beyond
Thursday October 3, 7-8:30 p.m.
John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library (Central Branch)
Free Public Lecture, ample seating

Liberal Hearts and Coronets: the Lives and Times of
Ishbel Marjoribanks Gordon and John Campbell Gordon, “the Aberdeens”
Friday October 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
University of Calgary main campus, Social Sciences 623
Research talk

Graduate Studies and Gender Scholarship
Friday October 4, 2:00-3:30 pm
University of Calgary main campus, room TBA
Open workshop facilitated by Grace Lore and Kelsey Wrightson
Please register in advance for this event

We hope to see you there!

As food for thought leading up to the event, here are a few statistics Sustainable Calgary has collected on the representation of women in positions of leadership in Calgary (from State of our City 2011):

  • 36% representation in the Non-Profit sector (22% decrease since 2001)
  • 34% in Government
  • 28% in Media
  • 19% in the Corporate sector (90% increase since 2001)
  • 31% on average

What do these statistics mean for Calgary and for Canada?  Let’s talk about it on October 3rd and 4th.  Hope to see you soon!

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