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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

MP John Barlow encourages applications to “Daughters of the Vote”


  • One young woman (ages 18-23) will be chosen from every federal riding in Canada to represent their community and to communicate their vision for Canada.


John Barlow, MP for Foothills - Join Equal Voice and the Government of Canada 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.

“We want to encourage more young women to get involved in politics, have their voices heard, and this is a chance to learn about the struggles of Canadian women to earn the right to vote,” said Foothills MP John Barlow. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for young women to get engaged, experience the House of Commons and share ideas.”

The goal of Equal Voice is 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.

The deadline for applications has been extended to June 30, 2016.

Apply today at: www.daughtersofthevote.ca

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