Throughout history, men have often played a prominent role in politics. In today’s world, however, representation is more important than ever before. As current Political Science and Schulich School of Law School students at Dalhousie, we wish to share the stories of the women who have helped to pave the way for politics in Nova Scotia through a new book we are writing and publishing. Proceeds from this book will help support Dalhousie’s new Women in Politics Scholarship, to encourage and inspire female Political Science students as they aspire towards their career in the field.
With representation being more important than ever before – including in government, where political decisions need to be made by and for both men and women – our book will help young women become inspired by those who came before them. The book, On Their Shoulders: The Women Who Paved the Way in Nova Scotia Politics, will chronicle the stories of 50 women who serve and have served as Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Nova Scotia, detailing their journeys to office, the inequalities they overcame, the moments and achievements they’re proud of, and the advice they give to today’s young women. The book will be available throughout Nova Scotia, filling an important gap in our history, while inspiring young women to follow in their footsteps.
Dalhousie students and the authors of the book, Grace Evans BA’21 & Sarah Dobson JD’20, are interviewing Hon. Patricia Arab, the youngest female cabinet minister in Nova Scotia’s history.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 to establish a scholarship fund for Women in Politics. Future proceeds of $10,000 from the sale of our book, On Their Shoulders: The Women Who Paved the Way in Nova Scotia Politics, will go directly towards the new Women in Politics Scholarship. Now, we are asking for your help to raise an additional $10,000 for our total goal of $20,000. With your gift to the Women in Politics Scholarship, you will help us support today’s deserving Political Science students. Your support – no matter the size – will encourage more young women to pursue their education and contribute to reducing the barriers that many young women may face.