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Sylvia's latest publications


A paperback edition of Women as Foreign Policy Leaders is available as of spring 2020 from Oxford University Press.

Women have reached the highest levels of political office in Canada’s provinces and territories, but what difference – if any – has their rise to the top made? Have they changed the content, tone, or style of political debate? What role has gender played in their triumph and defeat?


In Doing Politics Differently? leading researchers from across the country assess the track records of eleven premiers, including their impact on policies of particular interest to women and their influence on the tenor of legislative debate and the recruitment of other women as party candidates, cabinet ministers, and senior bureaucrats.


From Catherine Callbeck in Prince Edward Island to Christy Clark in British Columbia to Eva Aariak in Nunavut, Canada stands out for the variety and number of women who have reached the top. By comparing the performance of women premiers across the country and by evaluating their records in light of the men who preceded and succeeded them, this innovative volume asks how important demographic diversity is to government decision making.


This book will appeal to both students and scholars of Canadian politics, history, and gender studies, and is an accessible read for anyone interested in women’s political and social status.


Publisher: UBC Press  |   May 2019


Women Premiers in Canada's Provinces and Territories

Selected as #2 favourite book of 2019 by

What reviewers are saying about Doing Politics Differently

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Doing Politics Differently? is a wonderful book filled with revelations about gender politics in Canada. Sylvia Bashevkin and her team of collaborators paint a fascinating picture of the eleven women who have led governments in six of our provinces and all three of our territories. Most useful is the categorization of women’s leadership opportunities as ‘imperiled’ or ‘empowered.’ This is a terrific, accessible, and very useful picture of an important facet of governance in our country. These women are helping to redefine political leadership in Canada.”

—  The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Canada’s first and only female prime minister


Women as Foreign Policy Leaders

Sylvia Bashevkin - Women as Foreign Policy Leaders
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