Contemporary Canadian Government & Politics:
A Practical Research Guide

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Women in Contemporary Canadian Government & Politics: Introduction

Women — Clarifying Women — Bibliographies Women — Finding & Evaluating Women — Primary Sources

Women (over 50% of the Canadian population) were excluded in the negotiations that created Canada in 1867 and have been fighting the laws, government, and political system ever since for the basic democratic right to vote, to hold office, and to participate equally in public life.

In 1970, the Royal Commission on the Status of Women highlighted the problems of inequality women face and made over one hundred recommendations to rectify them. Since then, women fought to ensure the provisions of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms apply equally to males and females, participated in Constitutional debates, and First Nations women continue their struggle for human rights within self-government.

Women are still, in the 21st century, underrepresented in Canadian government and politics. This undermines the democratic principles of our electoral and political system.

NOTE: The general sources for contemporary Canadian Government and Politics covered in the main portion of this guide should also be used for this topic. The following more specialized sources will provide additional information. (Where no link is given, please refer to the main section of this guide.)

1. Time Out: Starting a Research Project
2. Clarification and Direction: Finding the Facts
Definitions
Facts & Figures
  • General
  • Dates
  • People
  • Statistics
Overview and Background Information
  • Encyclopedias
  • Annual Reviews
  • Textbooks
  • Parliamentary and Legislative Research Papers
3. Bibliographies
4. Finding and Evaluating Substantive Information
Finding
  • Core Journals
  • Indexes
  • Books and other Academic Work
  • Current Events/News
  • Government Information
  • Political Party Information
  • Research Organizations
  • Videos
Evaluating
5. Primary Source Material
Selected Key Resources
  • What Was Said
  • What Was Written
  • Personal Papers
  • Recorded Images
  • What is Happening Now
6. Other Special Topics
7. Citing Sources Used
8. Ask your Librarian!
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