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Seeking Balance

Conversations with BC Women in Politics

by Anne Edwards

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list price: $9.99
also available: Paperback
published: 2013
publisher: Caitlin Press
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Seeking Balance: Conversations with BC Women in Politics

Since 1917, when women in BC won the right to vote and stand for office, ninety-seven women have represented their constituencies as MLAs and MPs. Seeking Balance is the result of interviews with sixty-seven of these women. They discuss why they decided to enter politics, how it affected their families and how they carried out their duties differently from their male colleagues. This is a thought-provoking account of what life is like for a woman politician and why women still run for political office. It includes further reading and extensive endnotes.

Edwards was the MLA for the Kootenay riding from 1986-1996 and served as a NDP cabinet minister. She co-authored Exploring the Purcell Wilderness, Cranbrook 1905–2005 and The Purcell Suite: Upholding the Wild.

Caution: Contains some coarse language.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2009-2010.

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Many Canadians say that British Columbia is the zaniest political province. It's too diverse, too polarized—geographically, demographically and ideologically. But the British Columbia political arena is lively, and it has often led the way in electing women to parliaments—as respected spokespeople for the public and as equal people.

In Seeking Balance, Anne Edwards shares her conversations with more than eighty British Columbia women politicians, including Rita Johnston, Rosemary Brown, Grace McCarthy, Kim Campbell, Pat Carney, Darlene Marzari, Joy MacPhail and Carole James. These women who served as members of the provincial legislature or the Canadian parliament reveal their ambitions and their reactions to serving in a political system designed and dominated by men. Women struggle to find their place in the pyramids of power. They reach decisions in ways untraditional to Canadian politics; they bring ideas to a system ill-suited to respond; and they see clearly the jagged edges that should be smoothed in order to create a vibrant democratic state. These women—of many ages, across party lines and from all parts of the province—share attitudes and insights into the lively world of British Columbia politics, at home and across our nation.

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