"Fellow feminists," was how Niki Ashton greeted the crowd at Women's Forum 2013, held earlier last week in Ottawa. It was a fitting address; the women who joined her on stage throughout the day were passionate, they were fiesty and they didn't shy away from using the f-word.
Well over 100 people attended the forum, now in its second year. Ashton, the forum organizer, made headlines in 2008 when she became the second youngest woman ever elected to the House of Commons.
Related rabble.ca story:
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October 29 , 2013, 9:00am-5:00pm
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Seventy three per cent of mothers in Canada with children under the age of 16 are working mothers, and women still earn on average 30 cents less to the dollar than their male counterparts. The need for economic supports for Canadian families, like access to affordable universal child care has never been greater. Yet in The Cost of Raising Children released August 2013 by the Fraser Institute, economist Christopher Sarlo claimed that childcare, along with other frivolities such as housing, are not costs to be considered when assessing the totality of costs associated with raising children.
I've been asked to sum up the story coming out of the NDP's Women's Forum held a couple of weeks ago in Ottawa which I had the opportunity to live blog for rabble.
In a word: bittersweet.
In an article: mostly bitter, with the sweet parts near the end.
Let's start with the ironic and unexpected backdrop to the forum -- the ludicrous statement the night before by presidential hopeful Mitt Romney that he had consulted a "binder full of women" to fill important jobs after becoming governor of Massachusetts.
In just a few days, the Women’s Forum des femmes will launch a renewed conversation about the state of women’s equality in Canada and how to move it forward. You can join this conversation. This is a non-partisan event initiated by NDP Status of Women Critic, Niki Ashton, in recognition that the women's community is facing challenging times. Who should participate? Women, activists, organizations - anyone concerned about developments over the past decade in the collective fight for women's rights & equality in Canada.
Quebec. The NDP membership's primary concern is that the party hold its 58 Quebec seats in the next election: this determined the outcome of the leadership campaign that began officially September 15, 2011, and ended March 24. Party members sensed that Thomas Mulcair understands Quebec, could appeal to Quebecers, and believed he was the best choice to lead the party into the next election.