I’m a bit behind on the blogging. There have been some elections lately. Not those elections! The Canadian municipal elections! Specifically, Toronto. I will spare you my rant about the whole thing (others have done it better, I’m concerned about how Scarborough is being treated, and this is the IFLS blog, so…) I see that Toronto now has 33% women on council. This is grounds for celebration, and I’m not being sarcastic. Did you know that:
Well. Now that IS news (both bits are news, and i’m waiting for that other column….) If your career plans have been changed by reading that first line (from Catherine Porter in the Star, click through for her interesting piece to see more about the women’s “breakthrough” with Sarah Doucette, stalwart Pam McConnell, Mary Fragedakis and Ana Bailão – and see how Wong-Tam plans to do gender analysis at Metro Hall and connect with Rob Ford), maybe you want to check out Equal Voice. This organization wants to promote the election of more women at all levels of government and to that end. Go to their online “Getting to the Gate” course (you have to register) and learn how to get ready to run. Or get ready to tell that smart, aware and active friend of yours that she should run.
Equal Voice and another Canadian organization, Canadian Women’s Voters Congress aren’t like Emily’s List, the American organization dedicated to electing Female, pro choice, Democrats. They are non partisan, and open to women of all backgrounds and presumably all political positions.*
With that in mind, and for those of you thinking about those midterms (not exams! elections) here’s a link to Slate’s DoubleX “So, How’d the Women Do” set of articles. Because it’s always good to complicate the issue with a bit of “be careful what you wish for…..”
On the new governor of S. Carolina, Nikki Haley. You know, immigrant, minority businesswoman subjected to a fair amount of racist and misogynistic crap during her campaign (click here for Ann Bartow at feministlawprofessors on the situation). Apparently she doesn’t think being a minority or an immigrant is interesting, and upon reflection perhaps it makes a certain amount of sense for her to stay away from those things given the context in which she’s running. I still wouldn’t vote for her. Says Slate’s Hanna Rosin:
She may be anti-feminist, pro-life, and want to destroy any government-subsidized child care, but still, her victory has symbolic meaning for women ….
But what does it symbolize? And is it spreading north?
My fear fueled frustration is totally unfair – Hanna Rosin did write about what it symbolizes, here, here and here. I really, really could have done without the Sex and the City explanation for which “mama grizzlies” won/lost [keep lots of clothes on if you want to win! I'm talking to you, woman in her 20's with no idea that politics are in her future!] I prefered Amanda Marcotte’s take on those grizzlies:
This contradiction exposed why it’s so critical to the fundamentalist worldview that women stay at home and abandon ambition. In this world, women are supposed to be the light, the caretakers, the homemakers, those who smooth feathers and wipe brows. Aggression, meanness, ambition, and even lustiness are considered more masculine traits, even by the public at large. As Dave Weigel reports, the Republicans are beginning to feel that Sharron Angle, at least, spent too much time in the public eye. The longer the public stares at a Mama Grizzly, the more painful the contradiction between her ideals of femininity and her actual behavior.
Here’s something worth taking away about those American elections:
As American University professor Jennifer Lawless points out on the XX Factor blog today, this was most decidedly not a historic year for women. In fact, it’s the first time in 30 years that Americans have seen a net loss in the total number of women in political office. As Lawless explains, Democratic women lost a lot of seats, and Republican women—despite all the hype —did not gain enough seats to make up the difference. Hence, we have backslid in the year of the woman.
Well, you know. That “we” she’s talking about – it’s not Canadian. Right? Oh……Canada.
* If you are wondering where you can get information about your pro choice candidate is in Canada, try the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada. In 2008 they produced a report card on MP’s, updated October 15, 2010, here. Maybe they ramp this up during election campaigns? Although I’m not sad that it’s not a major election issue….
My MP is Joe Volpe (Lib). He fills up my mailbox, and since I don’t read his material because I have no intention of ever voting for him, I don’t know whether he has been letting me know that
a. he is anti choice,
b. what he thinks about Dr. Morgentaler’s order of Canada is a secret, and
c. he was absent for the vote on the Unborn Victims of Crime Bill. For those of you who just mentally heard a slamming on the brakes sound, this happened in 2008.
|Print article||This entry was posted by Sonia Lawrence on November 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm, and is filed under What we're thinking/reading/doing (IFLS blog). Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback from your own site.|
No comments yet.
No trackbacks yet.
about 1 month ago - No comments
h/t Kristina Mansveld Assuming this government isn’t going to get around to appointing a woman for some time (“be patient”, “there aren’t as many female candidates”, et boring cetera), here’s another factor we could consider, as illustrated in a study by profs from Rochester & Harvard: Another Factor Said to Sway Judges to Rule for…
about 3 months ago - No comments
Wednesday April 30 Room 2026 (Faculty Common Room) Osgoode Hall Law School. Lunch will be served. RSVP to LGonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca This event will feature short “work in progress” presentations by graduate students (LLM & doctoral level) with commentary from Osgoode professors. The event aims at offering spaces to talk about various challenges (methodological, writing related,…
about 5 months ago - No comments
CANCELLED Please note that flight cancellations have led to this talk being cancelled. With apologies to all who were hoping to attend today. Dean Penelope Andrews (Albany) will be at Osgoode Monday February 3, 2014, and will speak from her latest book, From Capetown to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights…
about 6 months ago - No comments
Dean Penelope Andrews (Albany) will be at Osgoode Monday February 3, 2014, and will speak from her latest book, From Capetown to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights (Ashgate) 1230-230 in room 2027. Please RSVP to Lielle Gonsalves, firstname.lastname@example.org The author examines and compares gender inequality in societies undergoing political, economic and legal…
about 8 months ago - No comments
York University Associate Professor Carmela Murdocca‘s (Sociology) book is just out from UBC Press in the Law and Society series. (Tell your librarian!) In To Right Historical Wrongs, Carmela Murdocca brings together the paradigm of reparative justice and the study of incarceration in an examination of this disconnect between political motivations for amending historical injustices…
about 8 months ago - No comments
In the Winter term, the IFLS is starting a Community/Connections/CommitmentConversations series. This speaker series aims to bring local lawyers and others engaged in feminist advocacy work to the law school to discuss their work and their career paths. These more informal lunch sessions are aimed at members of the Osgoode & York community (law students…
about 9 months ago - No comments
Housing Rights in Gendered Context with Lilian Chenwi (Wits) & Margot Young (UBC) Wed Oct 23 1230 to 2 2027 Osgoode Light refreshments RSVP to Lielle Gonsalves email@example.com Join us to hear these activist/legal/academics discuss their work on gender & the right to housing, Professor Young’s with the Housing Justice Project in Vancouver (@justhousingyvr) and…
Professor Ngaire Naffine (Adelaide): “The Legal Person after the Sexual Revolution: Criminal Law, the Church and the Family”
about 1 year ago - No comments
Professor Ngaire Naffine (Adelaide) delivered this LRST/IFLS lecture as a Genest Visitor to Osgoode Hall Law School on September 24th, 2012. Find out more about Professor Naffine via IFLS posts – here.
about 1 year ago - No comments
Deadline April 15. Tell your friend to apply if you don’t think it’s your year. What a great opportunity. The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School invites applications for Sabbatical Visitors for the 2013-2014 academic year to undertake research, writing and collaboration with Center faculty and students in ways that span traditional academic…
NIP: Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law & the British Novel. Martha C. Nussbaum & Alison L. LaCroix eds
about 1 year ago - No comments
My colleague Hengemeh Saberi (more on her later) suggested this 2013 OUP offering: Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law and the British Novel. Martha C. Nussbaum and Alison L. LaCroix eds. Posner on Austen? And Nicola Lacey! This interdisciplinary volume of contributed essays focuses on issues of gender in the British novel of the eighteenth and…