Representation of Canadian Women at the Cabinet Table


  • Linda Trimble Linda Trimble, University of Alberta, researches women's political representation in Canada. She edits and writes on such topics as feminism, the politics of gender, media representations of women politicians, federalism and the constitution, and women's political representation in Canada.
  • Manon Tremblay Manon Tremblay, University of Ottawa, edits and writes extensively on Canadian women and politics. She has guest edited special issues for Politique et Sociétés (1998) and International Political Science Review (2000) and is the current French co-editor of the Revue canadienne de science politique.


This examination of the appointment of elected women to Canadian federal, provincial and territorial cabinets from 1917 to 2002 analyzes both the numbers of women appointed to cabinets and the nature of their cabinet posts, revealing that while female legislators have had a competitive advantage over their male counterparts when it comes to cabinet representation, the allocation of cabinet duties continues to reflect a gendered division of labour.


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