Women are big in politics in the US this year. We haven't had a woman in a key position of political power in ages, many columnists have written about this before.
I was just looking at the numbers again, and the Senate is surprisingly better than the House; I guess that's because women live longer, especially with Hugh Segal stealing all the guys' lunch money. Imagine those frail male bodies, spare a little change for food?
Senate: 32 (34.4%)
House of Commons: 65 (21.3%)
I get the feeling Harper would only appoint men to the Senate. The number of women should drop further. Imagine the House of Commons numbers and how they would plummet if there was a Conservative landslide.
Worldwide, we are 49th (fitting maybe). I thought the US was going to do better in their Senate or House, but nope:
US Senate: 16 (16%)
US House: 73 (16.8%)
And our parents, the UK and France?
#58, UK (tied with Cambodia)
House: 126 (19.5%)
Lords: 148 (19.7%)
#62, France (tied with the Grenadines)
Lower: 105 (18.2%)
Upper: 60 (18.2%)
None of this is close to the equality in Cuba and Scandinavia, but we are working towards it. I wonder how many people vote for gender more than anything else. That would be an interesting poll. Maybe it's one that Dion did back in his days as a sociology prof?